Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: November 2, 2011
ALMOST 120,000 CON EDISON RESTORATIONS DONE
2,000 Workers Addressing Last 10,000
NEW YORK – Con Edison has restored almost 120,000 customers, and has over 2,000 company, contractor, and mutual aid utility workers dealing with the remaining outages, all in Westchester, affecting 10,000 customers.
Crews have addressed larger outages and are moving on to smaller groups of customers and individuals. Some of these restoration efforts are more complex and time consuming due to extensive debris clearing. The goal remains to make progress as quickly as possible without compromising public or worker safety, which remains the priority.
The contractor and mutual aid crews are from upstate New York and Long Island, as well as from Tennessee, the Carolinas, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
The hardest-hit communities remain Yonkers, Cortlandt, Greenburgh, New Castle, North Castle, Mount Pleasant and Yorktown.
Con Edison is reiterating the following safety tips:
- Be alert for downed power lines. Be mindful that downed wires can be hidden from view by snow, tree limbs, leaves, or water.
- If you see downed electrical wires, do not go near them. Treat all downed wires as if they are live. Never attempt to move them or touch them with any object.
- Report all downed wires to Con Edison and your local police department immediately. If a power line falls on your car while you are in it, stay inside the vehicle and wait for emergency personnel.
- If your power goes out, disconnect or turn off appliances that would otherwise turn on automatically when service is restored. If several appliances start up at once, the electric circuits may overload.
- For more storm tips and preparation, go to www.conEd.com.
Customers can use their mobile devices, as well as computers, to report downed power lines, outages and check service restoration status online at www.conEd.com. They also may call Con Edison at 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633). When reporting an outage, have your Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether your neighbors have also lost power.
The company is in close contact with the New York City Office of Emergency Management and the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services.