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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: February 26, 2010
10:00 p.m.

EVENING UPDATE: CON EDISON CREWS CONTINUE TO RESTORE SERVICE

NEW YORK – Con Edison crews continue responding to outages caused by today’s snowstorm, with most outages concentrated in Westchester County. The crews will be working through the weekend to restore service to customers. The company expects to restore service to the majority of customers throughout the weekend with restoration efforts to address scattered outages extending into Tuesday evening.

Treacherous conditions on roads throughout Westchester County, as well as extensive tree damage, are impeding restoration efforts.  The company is responding to more than 1,000 reports of downed wires. 

As of 9 p.m., the company reports a total of 50,200 customers were interrupted by the storm in Westchester County. Approximately 13,600 customers have been restored with 36,600 remaining without power.

The hardest hit areas are Cortlandt, Croton, Greenburgh, Mount Pleasant, New Castle, North Castle, Elmsford, Ossining, Tarrytown and Yorktown. The company has added additional customer service representatives to its call centers to answer customers’ questions.  Con Edison has also secured more than 150 line crews to aid in the restoration effort from utilities as far away as Ohio.

If you must go outside, stay away from downed and dangling wires. Treat all wires down as if they are live and dangerous. Be careful power lines may be hidden under snow, tree branches or other debris. Report any downed power lines to 1-800-75-CONED or to 911.

Customers are also urged to call Con Edison immediately to report any outages at 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633). Customers can also report power interruptions or service problems, as well as view service restoration information online at www.conEd.com, and on their cell phones and PDAs.  When reporting an outage, customers should have their Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether their neighbors also have lost power.

When severe outages occur, the primary is focus on public safety. Crews are  dispatched to address wires down to open blocked roads. Once the public safety issues have been addressed, all crews will be assigned to restoring customers to service as efficiently as possible.

Con Edison is in contact with local and municipal officials, as well as the appropriate Office of Emergency Services to keep them apprised of all restoration efforts.

For more storm tips, go to www.ConEd.com

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