Con Ed: Expect 'Significant Progress' Over Next 2 Days

Con Edison said this morning trees are still blocking hundreds of streets in the county.

Just under 165,000 Westchester County customers remain without power this morning, according to Con Edison.

"The hurricane is the worst natural disaster to strike Con Edison’s customers," the company reiterated in a statement this morning.

Safety issues throughout the county, "where more than 600 roads are closed," have made it difficult for employees and contractors to reach some affected areas, the company said.

However, "The company expects to make significant progress restoring electricity over the next two days due to Wednesday’s damage assessment and field work planning," Con Edison assured the media today. "Additional crews from around the country continue arriving from as far away as California to assist New Yorkers. Cargo planes are unloading their equipment and will be assigned throughout the area."

Since Hurricane Sandy hit the county, the company said residents should be especially careful when entering a flooded basement.

"Know whether there are electrified services or unsanitary conditions and wear high rubber boots. Also, know how deep the water is and probe it with a wooden stick, if necessary, to gauge the depth," the company advised. "Keep children out of basements where there is water."

Despite the frustrations shared by some county residents about the apparant lack of response, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino said he spoke directly with Con Edison Chief Executive Kevin Burke.

"We have been assured that Con Edison is not diverting any resources from Westchester to New York City or other parts of the region," he said.

Local Editor Zach Oliva contributed to this report.

Don D November 03, 2012 at 03:50 PM
@Walden, $1million/mile sounds exorbitant. But whatever the case may be, you don't do it all at once. You do it over a span of 10-20 years. You begin by burying the lines along major arteries (most people live in the vicinity of one) and you go from there. Our electric bills are among the highest in the country, so I fail to see why our utility company can't eventually provide us with modern infrastructure. @Denise, I would think that this is a manageable issue. After all, the sewage system required considerably more digging.
Denise November 03, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Saad Taha: I wrote to the Town Supervisor of the Town of Mamaroneck who is sending your information to the Mayor of the Village of Mamaroneck. These layers of government yeesh. Mayors have no sway over Con Ed, but at least they will know you are trying your best to provide a crucial service and maybe even think of something to help! Best wishes to you.
Marilyn Schultz November 04, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Got a call from con Ed "confirming" that my power is back. What a joke. No power since Monday. I guess that is how Con Edison reduces the count of houses without power here in Westchester. They obligingly opened up a "new ticket" to report the power loss that I had reported many days ago. Quonnie
Jacine November 04, 2012 at 06:44 PM
I'm in Rye Brook (The Arbors) and power was restored on Friday night. A neighbor told me that he saw a ConEd truck on King Street at 6:30 PM and at 8:30 PM the power came back on. I think the reason our power was fixed Friday is because our situation was one down power line that affected 770 customers. Not saying it's right, but at this point, I think it's a numbers game. We tried all week and finally managed to get a generator from Home Depot on Friday. Even though we only used it for 2 hours before the power came back, I don't regret the purchase and highly recommend that everyone consider investing in one. Not being at the mercy of ConEd was a great feeling after a tough week. We ended up with a 6,000 running watt (7500 starting watt) portable generator. It's pretty easy to run and easily powered a few lights, a TV, phone, cable box, internet router and 2 computers. This was probably 20% of its capacity and it runs for 10 hours at 50% on 6 gallons of gas. This wizard was incredibly helpful in determining what size generator to purchase, and what electronics and appliances we could safely use: http://www.briggsandstratton.com/generators/portable-generators/portable-generators-101/wattage/ Hope it helps someone.
Denise November 05, 2012 at 06:49 PM
yeah we need more SPAM in our lives. vchgfhg


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