NYSEG Responding After Thunderstorms Cause Power Outages - 9:30 p.m.
Crews will continue to work overnight to restore power
BINGHAMTON, NY — July 6, 2021, 9:30 p.m. — New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) is responding after high winds, heavy rain and lightning associated with thunderstorms disrupted service to customers on Tuesday. Currently, 6,050 of the approximately 32,000 impacted customers remain without power. The hardest hit areas remaining include NYSEG’s Brewster (1,349), Liberty (2,102) and Oneonta (1,100) divisions, which include Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Herkimer, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Orange, Otsego, Putnam, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties. The company announced that customers should prepare for the possibility of being without power during the overnight period.
Overnight Work Plan
Crews will continue to work during the overnight period, performing make-safe activities such as clearing downed wires and responding to additional system emergencies. Additionally, many divisions will continue to finish their damage assessments at first light in the morning in order to provide customers with up-to-date estimated times of restoration. As crews work to make repairs, it’s possible that some customers that have already been restored may experience scattered outages that are necessary to complete additional work.
While crews are still completing their damage assessments due to the timing of the storm, initial reports from the field indicate that softened soil conditions and severe winds caused a significant number of fallen trees and limbs, resulting in broken poles, nearly 90 downed wires and damage to other electrical equipment.
In advance of the storm, NYSEG pre-staged additional tree and line crews throughout the Oneonta, Brewster and Liberty divisions. All crews are currently engaged and will continue to work throughout the overnight period and until every customer is restored. The companies are also coordinating response efforts with state and local emergency management authorities.
How to Stay Up-To-Date
NYSEG will provide updates throughout the event to the general public on their website and social media channels (Facebook and Twitter). Customers should also sign up for email alerts and download the NYSEG mobile app to get the most up-to-date information.
The company also offer customers the following reminders to stay safe.
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 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 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 company’s first priorities are to respond to reports of downed power lines to keep the public safe. NYSEG customers are asked to call 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 on the company’s social media pages:
• Facebook: @NYSEandG
• Twitter: @NYSEandG
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) is a leading, sustainable energy company with approximately $36 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states. With headquarters in Orange, Connecticut, AVANGRID has two primary lines of business: Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks owns 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 6,600 people. AVANGRID supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2019 and 2020 by the Ethisphere Institute. For more information, visit avangrid.com.
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