Nearly 30,000 NYSEG customers remain without power as crews continue cleaning up from a pair of winter storms that left trees and power lines strewn about the area.
According to NYSEG, as of 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, 29,998 of NYSEG’s 86,737 customers in Westchester, Dutchess and Putnam remain without power as municipal aid crews continue making the rounds in the region, de-powering power lines and clearing downed trees.
In Westchester, there are 16,313 customers without power, while 13,116 customers in Putnam are without power, and an additional 569 in Dutchess are reporting service interruptions. No estimated time of restoration has been provided by NYSEG officials.
On Monday, Carl A. Taylor, president and CEO of NYSEG, said, "This significant winter storm caused a substantial amount of damage. We understand that any amount of time without power is an inconvenience to our customers.”
The response from both NYSEG and Con Edison to the two recent storms has led to outrage from local officials who have lambasted the two utility companies for their slow response to turn the lights back on in the Hudson Valley.
“Days after Winter Storm Riley thousands of Westchester residents are still sleeping in cold homes with no lights and downed power lines right outside their doors. I find this disgusting,” Latimer said. "I am outraged at both Con Edison and NYSEG’s slow and inadequate response. The people of Westchester, who pay both Con Edison and NYSEG for their services, deserve better.”
In Westchester, Bedford, Lewisboro, Somers and Yorktown NYSEG residents have more than 3,000 customers without power. Carmel was hardest hit in Putnam, with 5,529 outages reported. More than 1,700 outages were also reported in Kent, Putnam Valley and Southeast.
Thousands of out-of-state contractors have arrived since the storm to assist Con Edison crews in recovery efforts over the past week, following a pair of powerful storm that has felled trees and left downed power lines throughout the tri-state area. Dozens of roads remain closed in the region as crews continue clean-up efforts.
The second wave of outages come after 44,993 Hudson Valley NYSEG customers reported outages following the weekend Nor’easter that featured wind gusts of 75 mph. Mutual aid crews have been working around the clock since attempting to power up the region.
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