PRESS RELEASE: NYSEG POWER RESTORATION UPDATE: 3P.M.

 

     

     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

     September 1, 2011 – 3 p.m.

       

    NYSEG Power Restoration Update

     

    >> Dry ice and bottled water locations: http://www.nyseg.com/Outages/dryice.html  

     

    >> 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. NYSEG’s natural gas emergency number is 1.800.572.1121.

     

    >> 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.

     

    >> Outage information: http://www.nyseg.com/Outages/outageinformation.html

     

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    >> The next news release will be distributed at 7 p.m.  

     

    Rochester, NY – NYSEG has now restored more than 254,000 of the 286,000 services interrupted as result of damage from Hurricane Irene. (In these figures, customers that have been interrupted and restored more than once are counted for each time they have been interrupted and restored.)

     

    NYSEG’s power restoration team of more than 1,400 that now includes personnel from as far away as California will be on the job 24/7 until all service is restored.

     

    Approximately 31,400 customers are currently without power:

    • 16,900 in NYSEG’s Brewster Division (parts of Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties).
    • 11,400 in NYSEG’s Oneonta Division (parts of Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Greene, Herkimer, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Otsego, Schoharie and Ulster counties).
    • 2,200 in NYSEG’s Plattsburgh Division (parts of Clinton, Essex, Franklin and Hamilton counties).
    • 900 in NYSEG’s Liberty Division (parts of Sullivan, Orange, Delaware and Ulster counties).

     

    Power restoration work in NYSEG’s Binghamton Division (parts of Broome, Tioga, Chenango and Cortland counties) was completed this morning, although some customers in nearby areas who are served by other NYSEG divisions may be without power.

     

    Based on the extent of the known damage thus far, NYSEG estimates the following power restoration times:

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    Brewster Division: Road closures and accessibility issues continue to impede damage assessment and repair work. Except in areas that remain inaccessible, 75% of customers who were without power Tuesday (August 30) are projected to have service restored by late Friday (September 2). The remaining customers in these accessible areas are projected to be restored by late on Wednesday (September 7). The restoration of those customers who are in areas that are currently inaccessible will be dependent upon NYSEG’s ability to gain access to assess damage and make repairs.

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    Liberty Division: 90% of customers will have service restored by late tonight (September 1); all power is projected to be restored by Saturday (September 3).

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    Plattsburgh Division:  All but approximately 1,000 customers will have power restored by Friday night (September 2); all power is projected to be restored by midnight Saturday (September 3).

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    Oneonta Division: Road closures and accessibility issues continue to impede damage assessment and repair work. Except in areas that remain inaccessible, 75% of customers who were without power Tuesday (August 30) are projected to have service restored by late Friday (September 2). The remaining customers in these accessible areas are projected to be restored by late on Wednesday (September 7). The restoration of those customers who are in areas that are currently inaccessible will be dependent upon NYSEG’s ability to gain access to assess damage and make repairs.

     

    As estimated times of restoration are refined, they are posted at http://www.nyseg.com/Outages/outageinformation.html.

     

    Storm Stats – NYSEG Statewide Service Area

    • 544,000 pounds of dry ice and 64,000 gallons of bottled water distributed to customers
    • 2,500+ incidents of wires down
    • 300+ broken poles
    • 27 transmission lines locked out; 22 now back in service
    • 19 substations out of service; all now back in service

     

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    Publication date: 
    Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 00:00