>> 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.
>> For electricity emergencies and to report power interruptions, NYSEG customers should call 1.800.572.1131.
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>> This will be the final update for this event.
NYSEG COMPLETING POWER RESTORATION TO CUSTOMERS IMPACTED BY SEVERE STORMS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Brewster, NY, October 1, 2010 (9 p.m.) – NYSEG crews from across the state along with crews from Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) and contractors working around the clock have restored power to more than 33,000 customers who lost service as a result of the torrential rain and strong winds associated with Tropical Storm Nicole. The severe weather caused widespread power outages across NYSEG’s service area in southern Dutchess, Putnam and northern Westchester counties. As of 9 p.m., less than 300 customers remain without power. Restoration efforts will continue until all customers have had their power restored. NYSEG expects that all customers will have their power restored by Saturday afternoon.
“The high winds and heavy rain caused considerable damage to our system,” said Ted Anderson, NYSEG’s regional operations manager. “Our local crews responded immediately, and with assistance from other NYSEG, RG&E and contract crews from across the state we were able to restore power as quickly as possible. We appreciate our customers’ patience and understanding while we went about our work, and we would also like to thank the highway departments, volunteer firefighters and everyone else who assisted in this restoration effort.”