03/08/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/08/2018 22:54
Approximately 100 mutual aid workers were reassigned to their home utilities to deal with damage in their own service areas caused by yesterday's storm. Eighty Con Edison workers assigned to Puerto Rico, who were due to return from their assignments next week, will return this weekend. Those workers have been restoring power to the island following last year's hurricanes.
Con Edison restored service to all but about 5,500 of the approximately 140,000 customers affected by last Friday's storm. But yesterday's storm increased the number of outages to about 35,000.
Currently, about 21,700 customers are without service. Of those about 19,400 are in Westchester. Con Edison has restored customers since the second storm via remote switching and with the hard work of field workers who go up in bucket trips, string wiring, replace poles and connect new transformers.
The company is prioritizing restoring customers who lost service in the first storm. The restoration of those customers and the restoration of customers from yesterday's storm will go into the weekend.
Con Edison reminds members of the public to stay away from downed wires because they may be live. Snow has covered downed wires. Be aware of your surroundings, alert children to the continuing danger, and safeguard pets.
Proper caution also should be exercised in the safe use of portable generators, which must be placed outside the premises a safe distance away to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
Crews restoring service first focus on repairs to critical facilities, such as hospitals, municipal pumping stations and schools.