3-6-18 PM STORM RECOVERY UPDATE (5:00 PM)
NYSEG Service Area: I just got off a conference call with NYSEG. We have nine line crews and eight tree crews assigned to most circuits in Bedford. We still have no line or tree crews for Katonah. I said that we have not seen a single NYSEG crew in Katonah. I asked whether the NYSEG crews will be working through tomorrow’s storm. “We can and we will,” they responded. They also are going to work today beyond daylight hours – which is an improvement over yesterday when they said they only work daylight hours. Some areas now have been restored, but nearly 3800 residents in NYSEG service area have not (though it may be a bit lower by the time you read this).
Con Edison Service Area: We have nearly 650 residents out of power in Con Edison service area. An update from my 1:00 PM report is that we finally have a Con Edison line crew in Bedford working to cut and clear and then restore power. These crews will work until 10 PM. Suffice it to say, however, that many, many will not have service restored by 10 PM. Though I do not have confirmation, but I assume that if NYSEG can work through tomorrow’s storm, then so can Con Edison. I’ve asked the Con Edison service rep to let me know.
Updated 4:00 PM Road Closures
Haines Road to Wood Road is open – Wood to Croton Lake is still closed – trees in wires, two locations, road closed pole 8605.
Hopp Ground Road wires across road, car access only, no emergency vehicle access pole 1
Holly Branch Road cars only due to tree in wires by Mount Holly pole 8423
Waken low wires cars only near pole 22/21 – (utility crews working there now)
Girdle Ridge Road – ROAD IS OPEN between Girdle Ridge Drive and Upper Hook, tree STILL in wires
Barrett Road – Broken Pole and wires still in road
Road closed in two places – Haines Road wires in road by Meeting House, tree in wires by 428 Haines Pole 28 – CON ED ON SITE NOW
Meeting House Road between Haines Road and Laurelton – CON ED ON SITE NOW
Chestnut Ridge Road by Cole Drive
Charles Road tree in wires cars only – CON ED HANGING WIRES NOW
Broad Brook Road closed tree in wires by West Patent
Guard Hill closed between West Patent and Darlington.
Darlington Road at route 172 tree in wires one lane closed
WARMING/CHARGING CENTERS; DRY ICE/WATER; OVERNIGHT SHELTER
We have the following resources:
FROM LAST NIGHT’S POST
WHAT CAN WE DO? – The storm preparedness and storm response of both NYSEG and Con Edison has been appalling. They did not prepare for the storm, (notwithstanding ample notice that it would occur and that it would carry high winds, which means downed trees and lines) and now they are failing to properly respond to it.
I have asked for 24 hour crews. NYSEG has responded with “we are working daylight hours”. Con Edison crews are working until 9 PM. This will not get the job done.
I have heard that many of you have called NYSEG and Con Edison until you’re blue in the face and with no impact whatsoever.
What to do?
Both Governor Andrew Cuomo and County Executive George Latimer have been working hard to help us. We now need to ask them to demand that the utilities apply the resources that are needed to get the job done. Please contact them and ask them to demand around the clock work to restore power (please note, after hours leave a message):
Governor Cuomo: 518-474-8390 (also an online form is at https://www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form)
Also use Social Media to post directly to NYSEG and Con Edison the demand for 24 hour resources:
Given the incidents over the past couple of days, I am compelled to repeat precautions I’ve mentioned previously and add a new one regarding traffic lights that are out:
Not all downed lines have been cleared. These are LIVE electrical wires posing an imminent danger. As I mentioned in my previous posts, PLEASE BE SAFE and PLEASE DON’T EVADE OR UNBLOCK barricades or emergency tape which emergency personnel have put in place. They are there to protect the community. We have reports from our Fire Departments of multiple incidents of motorists and others cutting emergency tape or moving barricades exposing themselves to LIVE power lines. You will get electrocuted and die if you take this type of action. Please stay away from downed wires! They have NOT been de-energized. The first priority for the utilities is to get them de-energized.
Please do not use natural-gas powered kitchen ovens or ranges to heat your home. Using these cooking appliances for heating creates a significant risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that is invisible, odorless and tasteless. It is formed by the incomplete burning of fuels such as heating oil, wood, gasoline, natural gas, propane and charcoal. Also, don’t use charcoal grills indoors for heating or cooking because of the CO risk that also creates. The same warning applies to fireplaces that are not properly ventilated.
Traffic Light Outages
We have one traffic light out in Town, but there are others that are out in neighboring towns. Motorists approaching a malfunctioning traffic light should stop their vehicles as if they are approaching a stop sign. This means come to a full stop. The only exception is when a police officer directs you to proceed otherwise. Once stopped, you must obey the applicable right-of-way laws. Following your stop, you must yield to any other vehicle that has already entered the intersection from any other direction or one that presents an immediate hazard.
Please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 666-6530. Please call the Police Desk at 914-241-3111 with reports of downed trees or wires or e-mail me.
Thanks for your patience.