Strong Summer Storms Damage RG&E Electrical Delivery System
Majority of Damage in Northern Monroe, Cayuga and Wayne Counties
Rochester, NY – RG&E continues to repair damage to its electricity delivery system in Monroe, Wayne and Cayuga Counties in the aftermath of a series of thunderstorms that rolled through the region last night and early this morning. The combination of high-winds, heavy rainfall and numerous lightning strikes caused the widespread damage including numerous downed lines and broken poles.
More than 16,000 customers were without power at the peak of the storm.
Greece, Irondequoit, Webster and the northern portion of the City of Rochester took the brunt of the damage in Monroe County. Butler, Huron, Sodus and Wolcott areas were hard hit in Wayne County, as were the Cato, Conquest, Sterling and Fairhaven areas in Cayuga County.
“Our crews were on-alert and ready for this storm. We’ve had crews working all night and all day today, and we have more crews on the way. We’ll work around the clock until we get the power restored to everybody,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E. “We expect complete restoration in the Rochester area by 11:00p Sunday (July 21) and, barring discovering additional damage there, we expect to have all power restored in the Sodus area in Wayne and Cayuga Counties by noon on Monday (July 22).”
Approximately 10,700 RG&E customers were without power as of 4:30 p.m. Saturday; with about 2,900 in Monroe County and nearly 7,800 in the Sodus Division, which spans Wayne and Cayuga Counties.
For more details and the latest outage numbers, visit our website: http://www.rge.com/Outages/outageinformation.html