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One Week After Sandy, Power Restorations Ongoing

NYSEG said on Sunday night that additional personnel have arrived to bolster the efforts to restore service in the region.

A week after the massive storm named Sandy tore through the tri-state area, hundreds of residents remain without power.

New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) reported Sunday night that more than 3,100 front line and support personnel are on the job to restore power as quickly as possible.

“Because of the widespread damage from the storm, it has been a challenge to secure personnel to supplement our work force,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and Rochester Gas & Electric. “But since the days before the storm hit, our emergency planners have been working on this challenge. Throughout the restoration effort, their work has paid off.  We continue to be committed to securing the optimal number of people to rebuild our electricity delivery system and restore service as quickly as possible.”

Nearly 3,000 Putnam County residents—and more than 14,000 in Westchester—remained without power Sunday night. About 600 residences in Southeast were in the dark at about 3 p.m., councilwoman Lynne Eckardt said. A few hours later, the number was 440, according to the company's website.

Crews from Nova Scotia, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas and Minnesota have arrived to bolster efforts in the area. More than 500 line and tree crews are now on the job, some that have been released from utilities and contractors across the country and from Canada, according to NYSEG's Sunday night press release.

More than 70 percent of customers in its Brewster Division, which covers a range of areas, including Northern Westchester, have had service restored, the company said. NYSEG expects virtually all customers to have power restored by midnight Wednesday. Some previously unknown damage or areas that remain inaccessible may extend restoration times.

Folks will have another chance to charge electronics, grab bottled water and/or pick up dry ice Monday (Nov. 5). Town of Southeast and Village of Brewster officials have arranged for the local comfort station, Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association at 15 Mount Ebo Road South, to remain open. Organizers say supplies will be most plentiful after 11 a.m.

Around the corner and down the street, Southeast Town Hall will open for the first time in about a week. Officials said Sunday that power had been restored to the Route 22 building. The PART Bus System, including Para-Transit, is slated to return to normal operations Monday, too, Putnam County elected leaders announced. 

For estimated restoration times, visit: http://www.nyseg.com/Outages/outageinformation.html

For more news on NYSEG's efforts you can follow them on Twitter: 
https://twitter.com/NYSEandG.

EMTALLTHEWAY November 05, 2012 at 11:44 AM
how about the ones in dutchess the took off the grid and FORGOT ABOUT ??????????????
Gardenbee November 05, 2012 at 01:36 PM
I have not seen a single NYSEG truck out working in the past week. I have been out in Brewster, Southeast, Carmel and Patterson and not a sighting. Just WHERE is all this work taking place?
Diane C November 05, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Day 7 no power on parts of Milltown Road. Spoke to a NYSEG rep last night and she is telling me there is only one customer out. None of my neighbors have power and NYSEG doesn't seem to have any idea of what is going on in this area.Totally disgusted.
JVK November 05, 2012 at 03:02 PM
JVK I'm on Peach Lake Road (Route 121) still no power. Updates have changed from Saturday, to Sunday, to Monday @ 11pm. Have not seen a NYSEG truck until this a.m.
JVK November 05, 2012 at 03:05 PM
JVK I'm on Peach Lake Road (Route 121) still no power. Updates have changed from Saturday, to Sunday to Monday @ 11pm.. There are no trees down in my area that I can see. Have not seen A NYSEG truck until this am. However, I did see a convoy of trucks on Wednesday (10/31) heading east on I84 and then south on 684...??? Were they deployed to NYC?
Southeast Resident November 05, 2012 at 03:51 PM
The information from NYSEG is terrible. When the "Estimated Restoration" time is always 11:00 PM, you know that there's no real estimate here. Their press releases are terrible too. There's no detail on what's broken, and what's being fixed in what order.
Iheartbeer November 05, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Well my husband and basically all of his division are there working and have been since the storm hit. On top of all the many crews there...the first of every storm is clean up and looking at all that has to be done and getting the supplies. If your not seeing all the work taking place to restore power your missing something. Of course a lot of tranmission lines are down which are usually located in the woods anyway and feed everything so unless your out line patrolling with all these guys you wont see them. Give em a break we miss our families and are sorry for your town being hit but there out and fixing it.
Southeast Resident November 05, 2012 at 08:58 PM
My point is that the same folks who assign the crews to fix transmission lines, poles, transformers, etc can also tell us where these crews are and we would have a better idea of what is really happening. If a transmission line is down, and that is critical to bringin 500 or 1000 home back on line, that information should be shared.
Diane C November 05, 2012 at 11:53 PM
This storm was devastating, especially to coastal areas of NY and NJ. My brother lives on LongBeach Island,NJ and was able to get onto the island today. He has power, phone and cable service on an island that was underwater. My relatives in Brick and Port Monmouth ,NJ had service restored today. Their areas were flooded with severe storm damage and they have power. I find it hard to believe that NYSEG cannot fix the problems in Southeast ,My restoration date has been changed again to Wed.@ 11PM.
JJeter November 06, 2012 at 12:30 AM
You should all be thankful that you have homes, power or not. You will be restored in a few days. People of the coast have lost everything; homes, cars and personal possessions. There were even those who lost their lives and worse, their children's lives. Stop whining and thank the crews out there working hard to restore power as soon as possible. Let's stop playing the blame game and go help others less fortunate.
Macaroni Kid November 06, 2012 at 12:45 AM
i've personally seen them in Brewster, and they've restored my neighborhood twice. So they're out there. just wish it were in higher numbers.
Macaroni Kid November 06, 2012 at 12:48 AM
my heart goes out to you and the families who are impacted in this way. Hopefully people are not mad at the workers...they're going where they're told to go by their employers. if customers are unhappy with the communication of NYSEG, I hope they are going to the company and not taking it out on your family and their coworkers.
Macaroni Kid November 06, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Completely agree (though NYSEGs communication could have been better). We were told well before the storm hit that it'd be 1-2 weeks before power was restored. It's not fun, but we were told to be prepared.....
Mario A. Zeoli November 07, 2012 at 04:45 PM
I WOULD LIKE TO PERSONALLY THANK EVERY N.Y.S.E.G. CO. & SUB-CONTRACTOR EMPLOYEE, WHO CAME FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AND EVEN OUT!!! OF THE COUNTRY!!!! FOR HELPING ALL OF US!!! DURING AND AFTER HURRICANE SANDY!!! EITHER THOUGH I WAS WITHOUT POWER FOR 6 DAYS, I KNEW THESE MEN AND WOMAN WERE OUT THERE RISKING & BREAKING THEIR ***** FOR US!!! EVERYONE WANTS TO BE THE MONDAY NIGHT QUARTER BACK AND SAY, " WHY IS IT TAKING SO LONG?, WHERE ARE THEY?, WHY R THEY JUST SITTING THERE?, ETC. ON AVERAGE IT TAKES 2 HOURS JUST TO PUT A POLE BACK UP & THAN AN HOUR OR SO TO CONNECT AGAIN. MULTIPLY THAT BY ABOUT 4 HUNDRED + POLES THAT WHERE DOWN!!!
Mario A. Zeoli November 07, 2012 at 04:54 PM
FAMILIES LOST EVERYTHING & PEOPLE DURING SANDY AND YOU WANT CRY ABOUT NO HEAT OR ELECTRICITY!!! WHAT ABOUT THESE WORKERS WHO LEFT THEIR FAMILIES AND OWN HOMES YO HELP US? BE GRATEFUL THAT THEY MADE THE SACRIFICE TO SAY, "I'LL GO" THANKS SOOOOOOOOO!!! MUCH AGAIN FOR GOING BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY!!! I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO HAVE SOMETIMES A "THANKLESS JOB" "GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU" "THANK YOU"!!! MARIO A. ZEOLI RETIRED N.Y.P.D. 911 FIRST RESPONDER. "NEVER FORGET"!!!

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