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NYSEG Anticipating Power Outages to Last for Days

NYSEG officials are estimating that sustained high winds are likely to cause damage to their systems that will take some time to repair.

NYSEG officials say they are prepared to respond to outages but customers should prepare themselves to be without power as a result of the storm—possibly for days.

“Most importantly, we urge our customers to stay safe during and after the storm," said Mark S Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E.

Lynch said the first phase of the service restoration proces—damage assessment—will not begin until the storm passes, perhaps on Wednesday. Customers should be prepared for a long duration event,” Lynch said.

He said that 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 companies will assess the damage to the electricity delivery system; develop a detailed restoration plan and make repairs as quickly as possible.

Flash flooding and flooding in low-lying areas could also damage facilities and hamper service restoration efforts.

The company said that all employees are on heightened alert and front line employees are prepared to respond to the hardest-hit areas. Additional line and tree crews are available and outreach staff is working with county and municipal officials.

NYSEG has secured supplies of dry ice and bottled water and company representatives are stationed at the New York State Office of Emergency Management “bunker.”

Joseph T Schmitt October 29, 2012 at 09:23 PM
If you know that can not handle the pending power outages & will not start assecssing the damage to after the, then now is the time to start bring in mutual support from out of state utilities so that we do not have to be without power for days on end like. This is poor planning on part if you are not reaching for mutual NOW OR DAYS AGO, this is like closing the gate after the horse gets out. WHAT ARE WE PAYING YOU FOR, I should know after retiring after 37 years working in the utility field. Maybe the PCS would be interesting in your actions or lack of Dissappiontment Mr.joseph T Schmitt
Jeff Robbins October 30, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Communication just as bad as it was during Irene and last year's October blizzard. Posting a list of outages without estimates of service restoration is useless. At least Comcadt sent an email. So far Sandy is as much a disaster in communications as last year's storms.
Junior October 31, 2012 at 05:41 AM
You think after this being the 3rd big power outage you would finally get some type of reinforcements on your telephone lines or do something because this is out of control obviouslyz. How do all the surrounding towns have power and yorktown is the one who goes down first and stays down. On to of that we pay the most taxes-Hold off on stopping crime and get some steel reinforced telephone poles so we don't have to go threw this no more this is really, really a hassle, especially when you have children..... I'm done complaining not like it's going to do anything anyway you people are so slow....

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