November 8, 2012 – 4 p.m.
NYSEG’s Huge Power Restoration Effort Reaching Conclusion
in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties
Re-checking Circuits, Clean-up Work Will Go on for Days
Brewster, NY – By late tonight, NYSEG expects to have power restored to the remaining 650 customers who lost power as a
result of electric grid damage inflicted by Winter Storm Athena and Hurricane Sandy. Yesterday’s Nor’easter caused approximately 6,000 customer interruptions while Hurricane Sandy caused nearly 76,000 customer interruptions.
“We’re not backing off our full system restoration efforts just because the conclusion is in sight,” said Kevin Walker, chief operating officer of Iberdrola USA, NYSEG’s parent company. “We have ample materials, equipment and crew resources here in our Brewster region to finish strong and to restore service to our remaining customers affected by these overlapping extraordinary weather events.”
Walker said that even once all service is restored, work will continue to go on for days. Activities such as circuit checks, making additional repairs where temporary repairs were made, and general clean-up will be conducted.
“Given the unprecedented damage to our electric delivery system, our restoration effort was extremely challenging. The difficulties associated with an effort of this magnitude were lessened by the invaluable assistance of state and local officials, law enforcement agencies, fire and highway departments, and the National Guard,” Walker said. “We are extremely thankful for this help, and for our customers’ patience and understanding as we went about our work.”
> Current Power Interruption Counts
Westchester County 460
Putnam County 120
Dutchess County 70
For the latest outage numbers: http://www.nyseg.com/Outages/outageinformation.html
As is always the case during the power restoration process, outage numbers sometimes increase for a brief time as a result of switching to return circuits to normal configuration.
For estimated restoration times: http://ebiz1.nyseg.com/cusweb/outagenotification.aspx or by calling our automated phone