RG&E Restores Power to 34,000+ Customers After Weekend Storms
Nearly 100 crews converged on region to rebuild damaged electrical system
Rochester, NY – RG&E crews worked overnight to restore power to the last of more than 34,000 customers affected by the strong storms that ripped through the service area Friday night and Saturday morning. About 9.3% of all RG&E customers, mostly in northern Monroe, Wayne and Cayuga Counties were out of power at some point after thunderstorms damaged our electrical delivery system. The high winds, heavy rain and intense lightning knocked out power to more than 16,000 customers simultaneously at the storm’s peak.
“This powerful, fast-moving storm caused quite a lot of system damage through a long swath of RG&E’s northern service area,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E. “We assembled nearly 100 tree, line and pole crews, some from as far away as New Hampshire, who worked around the clock to complete the restoration. We certainly appreciate their efforts and our customer’s patience during this lengthy process.”
By the numbers
Total RG&E customers affected 34,306
Percentage of all customers affected 9.3%
Total customers out at peak 16,041
Number of broken poles 16
Number of downed lines 197
Approximate number of crews involved 87
o RG&E 25
o NYSEG 22
o Contractors 40
Pounds of dry ice provided 16,000
Bottles of water provided 3,800
Dry Ice and Bottled Water Distribution Schedule for Monday
RG&E will continue to provide dry ice and bottled water for customers in the hardest-hit areas on Monday:
o Sodus Fire department at 14 Mill Street in Sodus, NY - 315-483-4531
o Wolcott Fire department at 6162 W Port Bay Rd in Wolcott, NY - 315-594-2549
The Wayne County distribution points will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, July 22, or by appointment by calling the fire department.
o Fairhaven Fire Dept. corner of St. Route 104A and Shortcut Rd. in downtown Fairhaven, NY – from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, July 22.