National Grid crews continue to work around the clock and have restored power to 70,600, or 97%, of the 72,600 eastern New York customers impacted by the severe weekend weather that caused widespread damage across eastern New York. The storm brought up to 16 inches of heavy, wet snow to some portions of the region and knocked down trees, tree limbs, utility poles and electricity wires.
“The remaining repairs are labor-intensive, primarily single-customer and isolated pockets of outages,” said Matt Barnett, vice president of New York Electric Operations. “These outages take time because they require us to move equipment and staff street-to-street. We thank all of our customers for their continued patience and understanding as we advance closer to complete restoration of service. Our field force will remain active in the region until the last outage is resolved.”
Barnett added, “On behalf of National Grid, I want to extend a special thanks to the police, fire, public works, municipal officials, and other volunteers for their ongoing assistance and for their support of our customers and communities during our storm recovery efforts.”
Customers without service in the hardest hit areas of Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties were estimated to have power restored by 11:30 p.m. yesterday. National Grid crews will do everything within their control to complete restoration as quickly and as safely as possible. The most accurate way for customers to check on the power restoration estimate for their specific address is to log into National Grid’s Report or Check Outage page.