NYSEG Making Steady Progress Restoring Power Despite Identifying Significant New Damage>> 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.
>> Dry ice and bottled water will be available at the Copake Fire Hall (390 County Route 7A, Copake) and the Ancram Fire Hall (1306 County Route 7, Ancram) from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow.
>> An overnight shelter is open at Taconic Hills Central School, 73 County Route 11A. Tomorrow the shelter will be moved to the Taconic Fire Hall.
>> The next news release will be distributed at 7 a.m. tomorrow.
Clifton Park, NY – Dozens of NYSEG, Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) and contract line and tree crews have teamed up to restore power to more than 5,000 of NYSEG’s 9,000 Mechanicville Division (parts of Saratoga, Columbia, Rensselaer and Washington counties) customers who lost service as a result of yesterday’s destructive storm. Nearly all of the approximately 4,000 NYSEG customers currently without power are in hard-hit Columbia and Rensselaer counties.
Because of significant new damage identified through NYSEG’s ongoing damage assessment, additional outages today and continued difficulty accessing some areas, NYSEG now expects that most of its customers who are without power will have service restored tomorrow. The restoration times for those customers where damage to NYSEG’s electricity delivery system is most severe will be determined tomorrow.
“We appreciate our customers’ patience and understanding as we continue our work,” said Walt Matyjas, director - electric distribution at NYSEG and RG&E. “We also owe our gratitude to the law enforcement agencies, fire departments, highway departments and local officials that continue to help us immensely. Without their support, our work would be that much more difficult.”