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NYSEG in the Homestretch of Power Restoration Work in the Company’s Oneonta and Liberty Divisions


>> 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

>> This the final news release for this event.

Oneonta and Liberty, NY – Approximately 50 NYSEG customers in the company’s Oneonta Division (all or parts of Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Greene, Herkimer, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Otsego, Schoharie and Ulster counties) and 120 customers in the company’s Liberty Division (all or parts of Delaware, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties) are currently without power as a result of damage from Thursday evening’s violent storm.

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 Oneonta and Liberty Divisions

  • Miles of conductor (power lines) down: 21
  • Dry ice distributed: Nearly 10 tons; Bottled water distributed: More than 600 cases