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NYSEG: power outages could last for days

October 29, 2012

Sustained 40-mile-per-hour winds and gusts of 60 miles per hour or more from the remnants of Hurricane Sandy are likely to cause serious damage to NYSEG’s electricity delivery system, leaving some customers without power for many days. The only question now is exactly where the damage and outages will occur.

At 3:30 pm NYSEG reported 312 customers without power in Sullivan County, 61 in Ulster and 118 in Delaware.

“We are prepared to respond to outages and we encourage our customers to be prepared to be without power as a result of this historic storm,” said Mark S Lynch, president of NYSEG. “Most importantly, we urge our customers to stay safe during and after the storm.”

“The first phase of the service restoration process, damage assessment, will not begin until the storm passes, perhaps on Wednesday, so we ask that customers be prepared for a long duration event,” Lynch said.

NYSEG’s first priority is responding to known incidents of downed power lines to make the situations safe. (NYSEG customers should call 1.800.572.1131 to report downed wires.) Once this vital public safety work is complete, the company will:

• Assess the damage to the electricity delivery system.

• Develop a detailed restoration plan.

• Make repairs as quickly as possible.

In addition to wind damage, NYSEG is concerned that flash flooding and flooding in low-lying areas could affect both electricity and natural gas facilities.

NYSEG has been preparing for this storm for the better part of a week. All employees are on heightened alert, front line employees are prepared to respond to the hardest hit areas, additional line and tree crews are available, outreach staff is working with county and municipal officials, the companies have secured supplies of dry ice and bottled water and company representatives are stationed at the New York State Office of Emergency Management “bunker.”

As restoration times are available for each outage, they are available at:
NYSEG - or 1.800.572.1131.

NYSEG offers the following safety reminders:

• Stay away from downed power lines – even lines that appear “dead” can be deadly.