NYSEG Continuing to Make Progress Restoring Power in the Capital Region
>> NYSEG urges customers to stay 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 other hazardous situations.
>> 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 and away from windows and doors.
>> Dry ice and bottled water will be available until 8 p.m. today at the Copake Fire Station (390 County Route 7A) and Taconic Fire Station (631 Old Route 82).
>> Shelters are open at the Taconic Fire Station and the Copake Community Center (Mountain View Drive).
>> The next news release will be distributed at 4 p.m.
Clifton Park, NY – NYSEG repair crews, with support from Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) and contract crews, are continuing to make steady progress toward completing repairs to the company’s electricity delivery system in Columbia and Rensselaer counties that was severely damaged by Monday’s storm. Approximately 1,900 NYSEG customers of the 9,000 customers who lost service as a result of the storm are currently without power in Columbia (1,550 customers) and Rensselaer (350 customers) counties.
There is an increase in the number of customers without power since earlier this morning because NYSEG has de-energized sections of distribution circuits so that crews can safely make repairs. These temporary increases in outage counts are common during the power restoration process and are no indication of a lack of progress. The safety of our crews and the public is our main objective.
Based on the extensive and widespread damage identified through NYSEG’s now-completed damage assessment process, the company expects that all but approximately 200 of its customers who do not have power will have service restored by late this evening, barring unforeseen problems including inclement weather. Those remaining 200 customers, where damage to NYSEG’s electricity delivery system is most severe, will have service restored during the day on Friday.