December 28, 2012
NYSEG and RG&E Electricity Delivery Systems Largely Spared by Storm, But Companies Say It Pays to Be Prepared
– The winter storm dubbed Euclid that roared up the coast and blanketed upstate New York with more than a foot of snow in some locations on Wednesday and Thursday caused little damage to NYSEG’s and RG&E’s electricity delivery systems across 20,000 square miles. According to preliminary data, the storm was responsible for approximately 2,600 service interruptions in the NYSEG service area and approximately 900 in the RG&E service area.
“From the time our emergency planners began monitoring this storm late last week, we were concerned about wind and ice that could damage trees which would then affect our facilities,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E. “While few outages occurred as a result of the storm, we know we did the right thing in making detailed response plans, including securing more than 300 line and tree crews to be ready at a moment’s notice.”
Lynch said the advance work is all about being prepared to repair damage and restore any service interruptions safely and as quickly as possible. “We know the value of being prepared, and we encourage our customers to be prepared for power interruptions and other emergencies to ensure that they stay safe at all times,” he said.
In addition to securing line and tree crews, assembling support personnel who were packed and prepared to travel to hard-hit areas and even ensuring that chains were available for response vehicles that might be traveling through heavy snow, NYSEG and RG&E also secured an initial shipment of dry ice to be available to help any customers who lost power.