>> NYSEG urges customers to stay away from downed power lines – even lines that appear dead can be deadly. NYSEG customers should call 1.800.572.1131 to report downed power lines or other hazardous situations.
>> Emergency generators can be dangerous. Carefully read, understand and follow manufacturer’s instructions when operating an emergency generator. Never run emergency generators indoors; operate them only outdoors in well-ventilated areas and away from windows and doors.
>> NYSEG reminds customers to stay out of flooded basements because energized wiring or outlets below the water line may pose a hazard. Natural gas service in a flooded basement may also pose a danger. If a basement or home is in danger of flooding, customers should contact their utilities to turn off electricity and/or natural gas service.
>> For electricity emergencies and to report power interruptions, NYSEG customers should call 1.800.572.1131.
>> For natural gas emergencies and to report suspected natural gas odors, NYSEG customers should call 1.800.572.1121.
>> The next update will be distributed at 4 p.m.
NYSEG MAKING EXCELLENT PROGRESS RESTORING POWER
Brewster, NY, December 28, 2010 (11 a.m.) – NYSEG, RG&E and contract crews, working around the clock, have restored power to more than 9,000 customers of the NYSEG customers in southern Dutchess, Putnam and northern Westchester counties who lost electricity service as a result of Sunday and Monday’s blizzard. Approximately 500 customers remain without power, primarily in the towns of Lewisboro, Pound Ridge, Putnam Valley and Somers.
Restoration efforts will continue until all customers have had their power restored. NYSEG anticipates that most customers will have their power restored today, although some customers may not have power restored until early Wednesday.
NYSEG will be distributing bottled water and dry ice to customers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Amawalk Fire Station #4, 2513 Route 35 (Amawalk Road), Amawalk.