>> NYSEG urges customers to stay far away from downed power lines. NYSEG customers should call 1.800.572.1131 to report downed power lines or hazardous situations.
>> Emergency generators can be dangerous. Read, understand and follow manufacturer’s instructions. Never run an emergency generator indoors; operate generators only outdoors in well-ventilated areas.
>> NYSEG will be distributing bottled water and dry ice from 9 a.m. until noon at the Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 777 Route 35, Cross River.
>> This will be the final update for this situation.
NYSEG COMPLETING POWER RESTORATION TO CUSTOMERS IMPACTED BY SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Brewster, NY, July 23, 2010 (5 a.m.) – NYSEG crews working around the clock have restored power to over 12,000 customers who lost electric service as a result of the thunderstorms and associated strong winds that hit the area on Wednesday afternoon and evening. Strong winds and heavy rain caused widespread power outages across NYSEG’s service area in southern Dutchess, Putnam and northern Westchester counties. As of 5:00 a.m., approximately 300 customers remain without power, primarily in the towns of Lewisboro and Pound Ridge.
Restoration efforts will continue until all customers have had their power restored. NYSEG expects that all customers will have their power restored sometime today.
“The high winds and heavy rain caused considerable damage to our system,” said Ted Anderson, NYSEG’s regional operations manager. “Our local crews responded immediately, and NYSEG crews from other parts of the state were brought in to help restore power as quickly as possible. We appreciate our customers’ patience and understanding while we went about our work, and we would also like to thank the highway departments, volunteer firefighters and everyone else who assisted in these restoration efforts”.