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For Immediate Release: February 18, 2006

CON EDISON CREWS TO ASSIST NATIONAL GRID CUSTOMERS IN SARATOGA SPRINGS

New York - Con Edison crews are assisting National Grid, the upstate utility with headquarters in London, England, to restore thousands of customers who have been without electricity since Friday.

A violent windstorm toppled trees and utility poles upstate, cutting electrical power to more than 200,000 National Grid customers.

The Con Edison crews left today from the company's Eastview Service Center in Westchester County, and are expected to arrive in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., this afternoon.

Crews from Staten Island, Brooklyn-Queens and Bronx-Westchester — all specialists in overhead electrical systems — volunteered to assist the upstate utility. Thirty-one people with more than 20 vehicles will be working to bring electricity back.


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