>> 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.
>> This will be the final update for this situation.
NYSEG COMPLETING POWER RESTORATION TO CUSTOMERS IMPACTED BY BLIZZARD
Brewster, NY, December 28, 2010 (4 p.m.) – NYSEG, RG&E and contract crews, working around the clock, have restored power to more than 9,000 customers in southern Dutchess, Putnam and northern Westchester counties who lost electricity service as a result of Sunday and Monday’s blizzard. As of 4 p.m., approximately 200 customers remain without power, primarily in the Town of Somers.
Restoration efforts will continue until all customers have had their power restored. NYSEG expects to restore service sometime today to almost all of its customers who are without power.
“This blizzard with winds up to 60 mph caused considerable damage to our system,” said Ted Anderson, NYSEG’s regional operations manager. “We appreciate our customers’ patience and understanding while we went about our work in these difficult conditions, and we would also like to thank the highway departments, volunteer firefighters and everyone else who assisted us in this restoration effort”.