LIBERTY – New York State Electric & Gas crews are continuing to make progress as they work to restore customers that were impacted by the Christmas morning strong winds and rain. As of 6 p.m., of the 27,375 customers that were impacted in the company’s Brewster division, 7,990 customers remain without power.
The Brewster division includes Dutchess, Putnam, and Westchester counties. The company expects to restore 95 percent of all impacted customers in the Brewster division by 11 p.m. Saturday.
The estimated times of restoration have been and will continue to be refined and updated as work progresses, particularly as the company continues to grow the resource complement tonight and tomorrow.
Crews continue to work as quickly and safely as possible to restore power to customers who remain impacted by today’s storm, which brought wind gusts reaching 71 mph to the region and caused damage to the electrical system. Throughout the division there were approximately 175 downed wires and 11 broken poles reported. To facilitate an effective and efficient response, the company has continued to onboard additional crews today, including resources shifted from areas less impacted, from its sister company, United Illuminating, and from Texas, Wisconsin and Indiana, which were secured before the storm. More resources are expected to be onboarded tomorrow from mutual assistance companies from New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and across New England, as the response continues.
The company also announced that dry ice and bottled water locations are available in Dutchess and Westchester counties for customers who remain without power. The following locations are available as supplies last:
- Pawling: 1 South Street, Pawling, NY 12564
- Bedford: 425 Cherry Street, Bedford Hills, NY 10507
- Beekman: 4 Main Street, Poughquag, NY 12570
Crews will continue to work until the job is done and every customer is restored. This includes continuing to coordinate response effort with state and local emergency management officials to clear any remaining roads of fallen trees and hazards and restore power service to critical facilities, such as hospitals and nursing homes. The company understands the inconvenience and challenges that any disruption in service may cause, especially during the holidays. The company assures customers that crews are working around the clock to restore power as quickly as possible.