Bolstered by mutual aid support from as far away as Chattanooga, Tenn., Central Hudson crews continued their steady progress today in the methodical task of restoring service in the aftermath of a powerful storm that dumped up to 20 inches of heavy, wet snow onto trees that were still heavy with foliage and left more than 3 million Northeastern homes and businesses without electricity on Saturday.
“We effectively deployed a field force that numbered in excess of 500 line and tree trimming personnel today — making repairs, restringing hundreds of sections of downed wire and putting our system back together again in many locations,” said utility President James P. Laurito. “The damage that we’re seeing is exceptionally widespread and will take methodical determination to address, especially since we estimate that we still face about 1,600 individual repairs. We are systematically making progress, working outward along distribution lines into the effected areas and, ultimately, individual neighborhoods.
“We’ll continue to make a substantial progress as we work around the clock, and our overall goal is to get the lights back on for virtually everyone by Wednesday night – about four days after the third largest storm in our history interrupted electric service for approximately 156,000, or more than half, of all our customers,” he said.
As of Monday afternoon, approximately 78,000 customers remained without electricity, concentrated largely in Dutchess (45,300), Orange (19,800), Putnam (3,200) and Ulster (8,300) counties. Eight transmission lines and three distribution circuits remained out of service as of Monday afternoon.
Laurito urged particular caution for Halloween trick-or-treating, reiterating the need to stay far away from downed lines, and the trees and limbs that can hide them. “We also want to make sure that children and parents alike are mindful of our utility trucks, which will be working throughout the night on streets throughout the communities that we serve,” he said.
Customers should call Central Hudson’s PowerLine at (845) 452-2700 or 1-800-527-2714 to report downed lines and/or their power condition, and they are encouraged to use the automated reporting system. Customers with access to a computer may also report their power condition via the utility’s website, www.CentralHudson.com, by using the StormCentral function.
Information regarding service restoration estimates, as it becomes available, as well as shelters, can be obtained by phone and on-line, and updates are posted on Facebook and Twitter. A mobile version of the utility’s website, including StormCentral, can be accessed by web-enabled cell phones and mobile devices at http://mobile.CentralHudson.com. Free Central Hudson mobile applications for Android-based and Apple devices are also available by logging ontowww.CentralHudson.com/mobileapp.