RG&E RESTORES POWER TO MOST OF ITS CUSTOMERS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rochester, NY, September 16, 2008 (10 p.m.) – RG&E crews have restored power to most of those customers who lost service following a severe wind storm that buffeted the area Sunday evening and Monday. The wind caused widespread damage to RG&E’s electricity delivery system disrupting power to approximately 42,000 customers. Of those, fewer than 1,000 customers remain without service.
RG&E crews along with contactors and crews from other utilities will work through the night to make final restorations. Because of the extensive and widespread damage to our electricity delivery system – including broken poles and multiple downed wires – RG&E projects that the remaining affected customers will be without power until late afternoon Wednesday, September 17.
RG&E continues to urge customers to stay far away from downed power lines. Even lines that appear dead can be deadly. RG&E customers should call 1.800. 743.1701 to report downed power lines and other hazardous situations. In addition, refrain from removing tree debris as downed power lines may be entangled in them. Customers can also report outages at rge.com.
About RG&E: RG&E is a subsidiary of Energy East Corporation [NYSE:EAS], a super-regional energy services and delivery company in the Northeast. We serve 359,000 electricity customers and 296,000 natural gas customers in a nine-county region centered on the City of Rochester. By providing outstanding customer service and meeting our customers’ energy requirements in an environmentally-responsible manner, we will continue to be a valuable asset to the communities we serve. For more information about RG&E, visit rge.com.