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>> Dry ice and bottled water will be available from noon until 8 p.m. today at NYSEG’s facilities on Second Street, Deposit; Hale Street Extension, Norwich; Railroad Avenue in Stamford; and Route 10, Hamden. Dry ice and bottled water will also be available from noon until 8 p.m. today at the Waterville Fire Department, East Main Street, Waterville and at the Windham Sewage Treatment Plant, South Street, Windham. Bottled water only will be available from noon until 8 p.m. today at the Jewett Town Hall, Route 23C, Jewett and Ashland Town Hall, Ashland.

>> NYSEG urges customers to stay far 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 hazardous situations.

>> The next news release will be distributed at noon.

NYSEG MAKING GREAT STRIDES IN RESTORING POWER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oneonta, NY, October 31, 2008 (6 a.m.) – An army of repair crews working around the clock has restored service to 16,000 of the 18,000 NYSEG customers who lost power as a result of severe damage to the company’s electricity delivery system from Tuesday’s storm.

NYSEG expects to restore power to most of the remaining customers who do not have power by midnight tonight and expects to have all service restored by noon on Saturday. 

NYSEG’s Oneonta Division includes all or parts of Otsego, Delaware, Greene, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Schoharie, Ulster, Chenango and Broome counties.