December 23, 2012 – 12:30 p.m.
This will be the final update for this event.
> 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.
• 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.)
> Dry ice is available at the Averill Park Fire House, 35 Eastern Union Turnpike, Averill Park until the supply is depleted.
NYSEG Expects to Complete Power Restoration later today; 1,700 Customers Without Power in Mechanicville Division
– NYSEG, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, has made considerable progress restoring power since last evening in Columbia, Rensselaer and Washington counties where the company’s electricity delivery system was severely damaged by destructive winds.
Approximately 1,700 customers in NYSEG’s Mechanicville Division (portions of Columbia, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Washington counties) are currently without power. Barring additional severe weather that could cause more damage, the company expects to complete restoration work by the end of today.
“Given the damage and the weather conditions, our restoration work was extremely challenging,” said Mark Leta, manager - regional operations. “We appreciate the invaluable assistance of state and local officials, law enforcement agencies, and fire and highway departments. Without this assistance, our work would have been even more difficult. We are also thankful for our customers’ patience and understanding.”
> Current Power Interruption Counts (as of 12:15 p.m.)
Columbia County 150
Rensselaer County 1,000
Washington County 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