December 21, 2012 – 7:30 p.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.
> Dry ice will be available beginning tomorrow, Saturday, December 22 at 8 a.m. at Ghent Fire Station, Route 66, Ghent (Columbia County) and Hoags Corners Firehouse, 7237 State Route 66, East Nassau (Rensselaer County).
Winter Storm Causes Damage to NYSEG’s Electricity Delivery System
Approximately 5,300 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 encompasses portions of Columbia, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Washington counties.
Based on damage assessed thus far, and barring additional severe weather conditions, the company expects that the majority of customers will be restored by midnight Saturday, December 22, with remaining customers restored on Sunday, December 23.
> Current Power Interruption Counts (as of 7:15 p.m.)
Columbia County 1,850
Rensselaer County 1,900
Saratoga County 23
Washington County 1,500
> 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.)