December 22, 2012 – 9:30 a.m.
> Safety Reminders
• Stay away from downed power lines – even lines that appear “dead” can be deadly.
• 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, away from windows and doors, and never in a garage.
• For electricity emergencies and to report power interruptions, NYSEG customers should call 1.800.572.1131.
• For natural gas emergencies and to report suspected natural gas odors, NYSEG customers should call 1.800.572.1121. (If you smell natural gas, get up, get out and contact your natural gas utility from a neighbor’s phone.)
> Dry ice will be available today (Saturday, December 22) at the Ghent Fire Station, Route 66, Ghent (Columbia County) and the Hoags Corners Firehouse, 7237 State Route 66, East Nassau (Rensselaer County).
Winter Storm Damages NYSEG’s Electricity Delivery System
Approximately 4,000 Customer Outages in Mechanicville Division
Mechanicville, NY – NYSEG, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, is assessing damage to its electricity delivery system in the Mechanicville Division as a result of heavy winds and rain. The Mechanicville Division includes portions of Columbia, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Washington counties.
Barring additional severe weather conditions, the company expects to restore service to the majority of customers by 11 p.m. tonight. Remaining customers are expected to have service restored tomorrow.
“We are committed to restoring power to all of our customers safely and as quickly as possible, and will work diligently until every customer’s power is restored,” said Mark Leta, regional operations manager.
Current Power Interruption Counts (as of 9:30 a.m.)
- Columbia County 1,110
- Rensselaer County 1,900
- Washington County 1,000
For more details and the latest outage numbers, visit: http://www.nyseg.com/Outages/outageinformation.html
Restoration Times for Each Outage
As damage assessment is completed and estimated restoration times are established for each outage, they can be found at:
http://ebiz1.nyseg.com/cusweb/outagenotification.aspx or 1.800.572.1131
Additional Safety Reminders
- Stay out of flooded basements because energized wiring or outlets below the water line may pose a hazard. Natural gas service in a flooded basement may also pose a danger. If a basement or home is in danger of flooding, customers should contact their utilities to turn off electricity and/or natural gas service.
- For natural gas emergencies and to report suspected natural gas odors, NYSEG customers should call 1.800.572.1121. (If you smell natural gas, get up, get out and contact your natural gas utility from a neighbor’s phone.)