Lancaster: NYSEG Releases Daily Storm Restoration Work Plan, Assigns Crews to Every Community with Remaining Outages - 7:15 am

Company working to restore remaining 5% of impacted customers

BINGHAMTON, NY — December 13, 2021, 7:15 a.m. — New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) has released its daily restoration plan for work that will be completed on Monday. The company announced that crews have been assigned to work in every community where there is a remaining outage and expects to restore the remaining 5 percent of impacted customers in the Lancaster division by Tuesday (12/14). Currently, approximately 1,278 customers are without power in the company’s Lancaster division, which includes Erie, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties.

Details of Monday’s Work Plan Include

Resource and Crewing Information: The company continues to onboard additional resources to expedite restoration efforts in the Lancaster division. Due to the widespread nature of the damage, crews will be working in communities throughout the entire service area. Saturday’s storm caused numerous trees to have fallen down that blocked roads, broke poles and downed wires. NYSEG’s damage assessors reported roughly 263 downed wires and 56 broken poles.

Operational Expectations: Crews will be spread throughout the division making critical repairs as safely and quickly as possible. The remaining outages represent a large number of outages with small customer counts. Crews have been assigned to every community with a remaining outage and will focus their efforts on circuits that will restore power to the largest number of customers. This will include setting poles to replace those damaged in the storm and hanging new wire. For the safety of our crews and the public, the company reminds customers to please stay away from downed wires and do not approach crews.

After Restoration

NYSEG encourages any customer without power after restoration is complete to contact the company at 800.572.1131 to report the issue and allow crews to investigate. Once every customer is restored, the company will continue to fix remaining damage that occurred but did not affect customers or the reliability of service. That will then be followed by a full system sweep of all affected circuits to look for damage or issues that may have been missed but that could cause service disruptions in the future. The system will then be returned to normal conditions.

NYSEG will continue to provide updates throughout the event to the general public on the company’s social media channels (Facebook and Twitter). The company also offers customers the following reminders to prepare for the storm and stay safe if power outages do occur.

Outage Information:

  • Sign up for Outage Alerts to receive updates automatically by phone, text, or e-mail as the company updates the status of the restoration process in their area. Customers can sign up for outage alerts by visiting here for NYSEG
  • Customers can use the new NYSEG mobile app to report and check the status of outages. To download the application, customers should search “AVANGRID” in the Apple or Android app stores and select “NYSEG.” The application is free to download. 

Stay Away From Downed Wires:

  • Stay at least 30 feet from a downed power line.
  • If a downed wire comes in contact with your vehicle, stay inside and wait for help. If you must get out because of fire or other danger, jump clear of the vehicle to avoid any contact with the vehicle and the ground at the same time. Land with your feet together and hop with feet together or shuffle away; don’t run or stride.
  • NYSEG customers should call 1.800.572.1131 to report downed power lines or other hazardous situations.

During a Power Interruption

  • Contact neighbors to see if their power is off. A loss of power may be the result of a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker.
  • To report a power interruption, contact NYSEG at 1.800.572.1131.
  • Keep refrigerators and freezers closed as much as possible. Most food will last 24 hours if you minimize the opening of refrigerator and freezer doors.

Power Restoration Priorities:

The companies’ first priorities are to respond to reports of downed power lines to keep the public safe. NYSEG customers are asked to call 1.800.572.1131 to report downed wires. Once this vital public safety work is complete, the company will: 

  • Assess the damage to the electricity delivery system.
  • Develop a detailed restoration plan.
  • Make repairs as quickly as possible.

For additional information, including storm preparation tips, storm safety information, generator safety information, restoration priorities and emergency resources, visit Outage Central at NYSEG.com and and on the companies’ social media pages:

  • Facebook: @NYSEandG
  • Twitter: @NYSEandG

NYSEG is a subsidiary of AVANGRID Inc.

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About NYSEG: New York State Electric & Gas Corporation (NYSEG) is a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. Established in 1852, NYSEG operates approximately 35,000 miles of electric distribution lines and 4,500 miles of electric transmission lines across more than 40% of upstate New York. It also operates more than 8,150 miles of natural gas distribution pipelines and 20 miles of gas transmission pipelines. It serves approximately 894,000 electricity customers and 266,000 natural gas customers. For more information, visit nyseg.com.

About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) aspires to be the leading sustainable energy company in the United States. Headquartered in Orange, CT with approximately $39 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states, AVANGRID has two primary lines of business: Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks owns and operates eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving more than 3.3 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables owns and operates a portfolio of renewable energy generation facilities across the United States. AVANGRID employs approximately 7,000 people and has been recognized by Forbes and Just Capital as one of the 2021 JUST 100 companies – a list of America’s best corporate citizens – and was ranked number one within the utility sector for its commitment to the environment and the communities it serves. The company supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2021 for the third consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute. For more information, visit avangrid.com.

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