RG&E Continues Restoration for Remaining Outages Following Last Week’s Wind Storm
ROCHESTER, NEW YORK – March 13, 2017 – RG&E, a subsidiary of AVANGRID Inc. (NYSE: AGR), is focused on restoring power to the remaining customers affected by last week’s wind storm. As of 11 a.m., fewer than 10,000 customers affected by the storm are without power. We expect many customers will have power restored by midnight tonight. So far, the company has restored power to more than 105,000 customers since the storm; and remains committed to restoring power to all of our customers.
Customers who are without power and do not see their street address listed on the outage page are encouraged to report the outage at rge.com or by calling 1.800.743.1701.
Customers can get the latest outage counts; outage locations by county, municipality and streets/roads; and estimated restoration times (as they are available) on the company’s website http://www.rge.com/Outages/outageinformation.html.
RG&E also encourages customers to sign up for Outage Alerts to receive updates throughout the day automatically by phone, text, or e-mail as the company updates the status of the restoration process in their area. Customers can sign up by visiting the RG&E website at http://www.rge.com/YourAccount/AboutAlerts.html.
The following areas are distribution sites for dry ice and water. Supplies are distributed on a first come, first served basis, until they run out.
|| Greece Highway Department Building, 647 Long Pond Road
|| Open 24/7|
|| Ridge/Culver Fire Department, 2960 Culver Road
|| Open 24/7|
West Brighton Fire Dept/Rochester Fire Dept - Engine 8
2695 West Henrietta Road
| Monday, March 13 from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.|
|| The Brighton Fire Dept #1
3100 East Ave (corner of East Ave & Rt 441)
| Monday, March 13 from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.|
Power Restoration Priorities
Our first priority is responding to known incidents of downed power lines to make the situations safe. Once this vital public safety work is complete, the company will:
- Assess the damage to the electricity delivery system.
- Develop a detailed restoration plan.
- Make repairs as quickly as possible.
How We Go About Restoring Power Following Major Storms
We first repair the backbone of the electricity system – transmission lines and substations – that bring electricity to the local distribution system that serves our customers. We then make any necessary repairs to the distribution system that includes the poles and power lines along streets and roads, focusing first on those circuits where we can restore power to the largest number of customers. As part of this process, we take into account the needs of hospitals, nursing homes, fire and police stations, as well as any other critical infrastructure. This is a time-proven process that ensures we safely restore service as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Customers should remember these tips:
During a Power Interruption
- Contact neighbors to see if their power is off. A loss of power may be the result of a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker.
- To report a power interruption, contact RG&E at 1.800.743.1701. Our telephone system let callers report the problem, help our crews respond quickly and efficiently, and provide customers with power interruption updates. Because many people may be trying to reach us during a power interruption, phone lines may be busy. Anyone who has access to a working computer or mobile device during a power interruption can also report the interruption online at rge.com.
- Listen to a battery-powered radio for weather and power restoration updates.
- Turn off major appliances (electric water heaters, refrigerators and freezers) and sensitive electronic equipment (TVs, VCRs, DVD players, computers, audio equipment) to prevent overloading and possible damage when power is restored. Turning off this equipment may mean unplugging it, turning off a circuit breaker or removing a fuse for the circuit that provides power to this equipment. Leave one light switch “on” to know when power has been restored.
- Don’t use a natural gas or propane range to heat your home.
- Never use outdoor grills or stoves inside.
- Keep refrigerators and freezers closed as much as possible. Most food will last 24 hours if you minimize the opening of refrigerator and freezer doors.
After Power Is Restored
- If a basement or home was flooded, customers should have an electrician check the home and have a plumbing and heating contractor check natural gas appliances before contacting your utility to have services turned on.
- Turn on appliances and sensitive electronic equipment one at a time to avoid overloading circuits.
- Replenish emergency supplies used during the storm.
- Additional storm safety information is available at rge.com (click on “Outage Central” and then on “Storm Safety”).