>> 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 tomorrow at:
• Averill Park Fire Department, 35 Eastern Union Turnpike, Averill Park
• Chatham Fire Department, 10 Hoffman Street, Chatham
• Nassau Fire Department, 26 Chatham Street, Nassau
• New Lebanon Fire Department, Route 20, New Lebanon
>> The next news release will be distributed at 6 a.m. tomorrow.
NYSEG HAS RESTORED POWER TO OVER 29,000 CUSTOMERS IN COLUMBIA, RENSSELAER, SARATOGA AND WASHINGTON COUNTIES
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mechanicville, NY, December 16, 2008 (9 p.m.) – NYSEG has now restored service to over 86% of the customers who lost power as a result of the devastating ice storm. 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.
NYSEG expects to restore service to all customers by noon on Thursday.
“The magnitude of this storm was greater than anything we’ve seen in recent years,” said Mark Leta, NYSEG’s manager - regional operations. He said those numbers include more than 920 downed-wires incidents and more than 175 broken poles. Further, NYSEG has distributed 50 tons of dry ice and two tractor-trailer loads of bottled water to customers.