NYSEG Asks Customers to be Prepared for Long Duration Power Restoration Effort
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Rochester, NY – With the challenge of working in Hurricane Irene’s dangerous winds and torrential rains past, NYSEG crews and support personnel are now faced with flooding, downed trees and road closures that are hampering damage assessment and power restoration efforts. NYSEG continues to be fully engaged in a make-safe and damage assessment mode at the present time, in addition to restoring transmission and sub-transmission systems.
Based on the extent of the known damage thus far, including nearly 2,500 wires down and nearly 200 broken transmission and distribution poles across an area the size of Connecticut, NYSEG is prepared for a long duration power restoration effort and asks customers to do the same. While some customers will have power restored in the next few days, it is likely that many customers will be without power at least into next week. The company currently has more than 1000 individuals fully engaged in the response effort, including NYSEG and Rochester Gas and Electric line crews, damage assessors, wire guards, Incident Command Structure support staff and customer service representatives. More than 400 line and tree crews are working to restore power as quickly as possible. Given the severity of this historic weather event, this is an “all hands on deck” restoration effort. The company continues to secure and deploy additional crews and resources.
Once damage assessment is further along, NYSEG will begin assigning estimated restoration times to each outage, and those times will be available at
Approximately 129,000 NYSEG customers in eastern New York and the Binghamton area are without power as a result of the devastating and widespread damage from Hurricane Irene. This is down from a peak of 134,000 customers late Sunday evening. The current outages counts are:
• 57,800 in NYSEG’s Brewster Division (parts of Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties).
• 29,700 in NYSEG’s Oneonta Division (parts of Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Greene, Herkimer, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Otsego, Schoharie and Ulster counties).
• 16,800 in NYSEG’s Liberty Division (parts of Sullivan, Orange, Delaware and Ulster counties).
• 17,200 in NYSEG’s Plattsburgh Division (parts of Clinton, Essex, Franklin and Hamilton counties).
• 5,700 in NYSEG’s Binghamton Division (all or parts of Broome, Tioga, Chenango and Cortland counties).
• 1,800 in NYSEG’s Mechanicville Division (parts of Saratoga, Washington, Rensselaer and Columbia counties).
• Other outages are scattered across the NYSEG service area.
During a power interruption
• Contact neighbors to see if their power is off. A loss of power may be the result of a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker.
• Contact NYSEG (1.800.572.1131) to report a power interruption. Our telephone system lets callers report the problem, helps our crews respond quickly and efficiently, and provides customers with power interruption updates. Because many people may be trying to reach us during a power interruption, phone lines may be busy. Anyone who has access to a working computer during a power interruption can also report the interruption online at nyseg.com.
• Listen to a battery-powered radio for weather and power restoration updates.
• Turn off major appliances (electric water heaters, refrigerators and freezers) and sensitive electronic equipment (TVs, VCRs, DVD players, computers, audio equipment) to prevent overloading and possible damage when power is restored. Turning off this equipment may mean unplugging it, turning off a circuit breaker or removing a fuse for the circuit that provides power to this equipment. Leave one light switch “on” to know when power has been restored.
• Emergency generators can be dangerous. Carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Never run an emergency generator indoors; operate generators only outdoors in well-ventilated areas.
• Don’t use a natural gas or propane range to heat your home.
• Never use outdoor grills or stoves inside.
• Keep refrigerators and freezers closed as much as possible to prevent food from spoiling – most food will last 24 hours.
After power is restored
• If a basement or home was flooded, customers should have an electrician check the home and have a plumbing and heating contractor check natural gas appliances before contacting NYSEG to have services turned on.
• Turn on appliances and sensitive electronic equipment one at a time to avoid overloading circuits.
• Replenish emergency supplies used during the storm.