NewsCon Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: May 17, 2007
CON EDISON RESTORING CUSTOMERS AFTER VIOLENT STORM IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY
NEW YORK – About 450 crews working around the clock have restored electrical service to 21,500 customers who lost power from violent storms that battered Westchester County late Wednesday.
Approximately 9,500 customers are still without electricity.
The company’s goal is to have those customers restored by late Friday. Some customers in the most severely damaged areas will be restored by Saturday evening.
Among the hardest-hit areas were the Towns of Cortlandt, New Castle, and Bedford/Mount Kisco; and Villages of Ossining and Croton.
Dry ice was distributed today at these locations:
Customer outreach vans also were at those locations.
For residents picking up dry ice, instructions for safe handling and disposal are printed on the bag containing the ice. Dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide and should be used only in well-ventilated areas. Keep children and pets safely away.
The company urges customers to report power interruptions or service problems online at www.conEd.com, or by calling Con Edison’s toll-free customer service number 1-800-75-CON ED (1-800-752-6633). When reporting an outage, customers should have their Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether their neighbors have also lost power.
When severe outages occur, primary distribution feeders are restored first, with the highest priority given to lines that supply the most customers out of service. Next, the crews will restore secondary equipment, such as transformers and secondary cables, again with highest priority given to lines supplying the most customers out of service. Individual services, lines serving a single home, will be restored as crews become available.
The company offers the following safety tips for its customers:
The company maintains in close contact with the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services to coordinate storm response as necessary.
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