Utilities distribute dry ice to customers who lost power

MID-HUDSON – As the area’s three utility companies continue to make progress restoring power to the thousands who lost service because of this week’s tropical storm, they are making dry ice available to them.

Cars lined up at distribution sites in the region for residents to pick up their share.

Those with generators are the lucky ones as they can keep their refrigerators and freezers powered but for those without the emergency backup systems, it is another story.

It still may take days for power to be fully restored across the region. “The wind did a lot of damage to the trees. It takes time to get in there, get the trees out of the way so we can restore power,’ an Orange and Rockland Utilities spokesman said while at the dry ice distribution point in the parking lot of the Dunning Farms shopping center in the Town of Wallkill. “We are doing the best we can. We have crews coming in from all over the place so we are working around the clock.”

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