Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: January 19, 2006
CON EDISON CREWS RESTORE POWER
Work Goes on Around the Clock in Westchester County
NEW YORK - Hundreds of tree trunks and limbs draped over utility wires
hampered Con Edison crews restoring electricity to customers in Westchester
County today. Con Edison is working to restore a majority of these customers
by Friday evening.
By 5:00 p.m. today, more than 31,000 customers had their electrical
power restored. Con Edison employees continue to work around the clock
to restore electricity to approximately 12,000 customers who remain
without power. Repairs to electrical equipment in parts of the Bronx
and other sections of New York City also continued. More than 200 crews
are working on the storm recovery.
Winds gusting up to 68 mph toppled trees over Con Edison's wires and
equipment in almost every community in Westchester County. Wednesday
morning's sustained winds of 30 to 35 mph were comparable to a strong
Nor'easter or tropical storm-force winds.
Safety is Con Edison's number one priority as its crews restore electrical
power to customers. The company continues to warn residents to avoid
any downed electrical wires, to treat any wires as live, and immediately
report any downed lines to the company by calling 1-800-75-CONED.
Throughout the day, Con Edison continued to work closely with Westchester County emergency management and municipal officials to safely restore service to customers.