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 here.
>> Dry ice and bottled water will be available tomorrow at the Chenango Bridge Fire Department (Kattelville Road), West Windsor Fire Department (Route 17, Exit 77), Apalachin Fire Department (Pennsylvania Avenue), Newark Valley Fire Department (Route 38) and Tioga Center Fire Department (Fifth Avenue). Dry ice only will be available at the City of Binghamton Fire Department (West State Street) and bottled water only will be available at the Town of Binghamton Fire Department (Park Avenue, not Hawleyton Road).
>> The next news release will be distributed at 9 a.m. tomorrow.
Binghamton, NY – Approximately 8,100 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.
NYSEG was dealt a setback this morning when a storm-damaged tree took out two circuits near the company’s Castle Gardens Substation in Vestal, leaving 3,300 customers without power. Most of those customers had power restored late this morning and the remainder had service restored at about 5 p.m.
As NYSEG crews, personnel from other utilities and contractors finish restoration work in other parts of the NYSEG service area they are coming to Binghamton to assist the dozens of crews already here.
Absent new storm-related power interruptions, NYSEG expects the majority of customers currently without service will have power restored 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 8,300.
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.
Storm Stats for NYSEG’s Binghamton Division
Miles of conductor (power lines) down: 20
Miles of power lines inspected: 2,400
Dry ice distributed: 50 tons; Bottled water distributed: 1,800 cases