NYSEG Continuing to Make Steady Progress; 95% of Service Interruptions from Initial Storm Restored
>> 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: 1.800.572.1121
>> The latest outage information: http://www.nyseg.com/Outages/outageinformation.html
>> Dry Ice and Bottled Water Distribution
• Until 8 p.m. tonight (or until supplies are gone): Ernie Davis Middle School, William Street, Elmira.
• Until 8 p.m. tonight (or until supplies are gone): New Beginnings Methodist Church, East Miller Street, Elmira.
>> NYSEG has distributed nearly 76,000 pounds of dry ice and more than 2,600 cases of bottled water to Elmira-area customers.
>> The next news release will be distributed at 9 p.m.
Rochester, NY – NYSEG has restored more than 88,000 of the 93,000 services interrupted* as a result of Thursday evening’s violent storm and tornado that caused extensive and widespread damage in NYSEG’s Elmira, Binghamton, Liberty and Brewster service areas. Approximately 3,600 services are currently interrupted in NYSEG’s Elmira Division. (*The number of total service interruptions includes services that may have been interrupted more than once.)
NYSEG expects to complete more than 95% of its service restoration work in the Elmira Division by midnight tonight.
A destructive mid-day thunderstorm yesterday caused additional outages in NYSEG’s Liberty Division (parts of Sullivan, Orange, Delaware and Ulster Counties), and another lightning-related outage occurred at about 4 a.m. today, interrupting another 1,400 customers in the Swan Lake area. Currently, approximately 3,100 services are interrupted in the Liberty Division. Despite the additional 4,500 customer outages since the initial storm, restoration is still expected by late today.
Restoration times for each outage are available at http://www.nyseg.com/Outages/default.html or 1.800.572.1131.