>> NYSEG urges customers to stay far away from downed power lines. NYSEG customers should call 1.800.572.1131 to report downed power lines or hazardous situations.
>> Dry ice and bottled water will be available until 8 p.m. today at:
• Averill Park Fire Department, 35 Eastern Union Turnpike, Averill Park
• Chatham Fire Department, 10 Hoffman Street, Chatham
• Halfmoon Town Hall, 2 Halfmoon Town Plaza, Halfmoon
• Nassau Fire Department, 26 Chatham Street, Nassau
• New Lebanon Fire Department, Route 20, New Lebanon
>> The next news release will be distributed at 9 p.m. today.
SERVICE RESTORED TO 28,600 OF NYSEG MECHANICVILLE DIVISION CUSTOMERS WHO LOST POWER
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mechanicville, NY, December 16, 2008 (4 p.m.) – An army of nearly 700 NYSEG, RG&E and contract line, tree and support personnel is continuing to make excellent progress in restoring power in NYSEG’s Mechanicville Division. The peak number of customers who lost service as a result of the storm was approximately 34,000; approximately 5,400 customers are currently without power.
NYSEG expects to restore service to all customers by noon on Thursday.
“The magnitude of certain numbers illustrates the severity of the damage to our electricity delivery system from this storm, and the numbers dwarf anything we’ve seen in recent years,” said Mark Leta, NYSEG’s manager - regional operations. He said those numbers include more than 900 downed-wires incidents and more than 140 broken poles. Further, NYSEG has distributed 50 tons of dry ice and two tractor-trailer loads of bottled water to customers.