RG&E Makes Good Progress Overnight to Restore Power
Will distribute dry ice and bottled water today in hardest-hit Sodus, Wolcott and Fairhaven.
Rochester, NY – RG&E crews, reinforced by NYSEG and outside contractor crews, restored power to nearly 6,000 customers overnight. Approximately 3,500 customers, mostly in Wayne County, remain without electricity in the aftermath of a series of thunderstorms that rolled through the region Friday night and Saturday morning. More crews will arrive in the area this morning, and repairs to our damaged electrical delivery system will continue non-stop until all remaining customers are re-energized.
The storms affected nearly 34,000, or about 9% of all RG&E customers with 16,000 customers out simultaneously at the peak of the storm. Crews had restored power to nearly 30,000 customers as of 7:30 a.m. Sunday.
“With the help of the NYSEG and contractor crews, we made very good progress last night,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E. “We expect more crews to arrive today to help finish the repairs, and we remain on schedule to complete restoration in the Rochester area by 11:00p Sunday (July 21) and by noon on Monday (July 22) in the Sodus area in Wayne and Cayuga Counties.”
Approximately 3,500 RG&E customers remained out of power as of 10:00 a.m. Sunday; with about 520 out in Monroe County, fewer than 2,100 in Wayne County and under 900 in Cayuga County.
NEW Dry Ice and Bottled Water Distribution Schedule
Due to changes in schedules, we will NOT be distributing dry ice and water in Cato as originally planned. RG&E will distribute dry ice and bottled water to customers in the hardest-hit areas today:
Wayne County: Sodus Fire Dept, 14 Mill St., Village of Sodus - starting at 1:00 p.m.
Wolcott Fire Dept, 6162 West Bay Road, Wolcott - starting at 1:00 p.m.
Cayuga County: Fairhaven Fire Dept. corner of St. Route 104A and Shortcut Rd. in downtown Fairhaven, NY - starting at 2:00 p.m.
For More details and the latest outage numbers, visit our website: http://www.rge.com/Outages/outageinformation.html
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• Stay away from downed power lines – even lines that appear “dead” can be deadly.
• Emergency generators can be dangerous. Carefully read, understand and follow manufacturer’s instructions when operating an emergency generator. Never run emergency generators indoors; operate them only outdoors in well-ventilated areas, away from windows and doors, and never in a garage.
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