New Power Interruptions Complicate NYSEG’s Restoration Efforts
>> 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 until 8 p.m. today at the Copake Fire Station (390 County Route 7A) and Taconic Fire Station (631 Old Route 82).
>> Shelters are open at the Taconic Fire Station and the Copake Community Center (Mountain View Drive).
>> The next news release will be distributed at 9 p.m.
Clifton Park, NY – Approximately 2,100 NYSEG customers are currently without power in the company’s Mechanicville Division – 1,700 in Columbia County, 200 in Rensselaer County and, as the result of a new power interruption, 200 in Washington County.
All told, approximately 900 customers have experienced new power interruptions today, some the result of damage as ice and snow melt off trees and power lines. Despite these new interruptions, NYSEG crews continue to make progress restoring power to those customers who lost service as a result of Monday’s devastating storm.
Taking into account the new power interruptions and based on the extensive and widespread damage identified through NYSEG’s damage assessment process, the company expects that all but approximately 1,000 of its customers who currently do not have power will have service restored by late this evening, barring unforeseen problems including further inclement weather. Those remaining customers who do not have power will have service restored on Friday.