NYSEG Continuing to Make Solid Progress Restoring Power in Binghamton Division
>> 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’s natural gas emergency number is 1.800.572.1121.
>> Up-to-date outage information by county, city/town/village and street/road, as well as restoration times as they become available, can be found at here.
>> Dry ice and bottled water will be available today at the Chenango Bridge Fire Department (Kattelville Road), West Windsor Fire Department (Route 17, Exit 77), Apalachin Fire Department (Pennsylvania Avenue) and Newark Valley Fire Department (Route 38). Dry ice will also be available at the City of Binghamton Fire Department (West State Street) and bottled water will be available at the Town of Binghamton Fire Department (Park Avenue). Please note that the Apalachin Fire Department site may be relocated tomorrow.
>> The next news release will be distributed at 9 p.m.
Binghamton, NY – Approximately 11,600 NYSEG customers in the company’s Binghamton Division (all or parts of Broome, Tioga, Cortland and Chenango counties) are currently without power as a result of damage from Thursday evening’s violent storm and a new round of storms last night that caused additional outages. The peak number of NYSEG customers in the Binghamton Division without power as a result of Thursday’s or Friday’s storm reached 25,557 Friday night.
Absent new storm-related power interruptions, NYSEG expects the majority of customers currently without service will have power restored by tonight. Those in the hardest hit areas will have service restored through the day on Monday.
“We appreciate our customers’ patience and understanding as we complete our work,” said Walt Matyjas, director - electric distribution at NYSEG and RG&E. “We also owe our gratitude to the law enforcement agencies, fire departments, highway departments, emergency management personnel and local officials that have helped us immensely. Without their support, our work would be considerably more difficult.”
Storm Stats for NYSEG’s Statewide Service Area
Of the approximately 92,600 customers who lost power as a result of end-of-the-week storms, service has been restored to all but approximately 14,000.
More than 1,300 company employees, personnel from other utilities and contractors are working on the front lines and behind the scenes to restore power as quickly as possible.
Storm damage included nearly 1,000 downed wires incidents – all of which have been made safe – and more than 120 broken poles, more than half of which have already been replaced.