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November 1st, 2012

Dry Ice and Water Distribution: Thursday



Repair crews continued to address storm damage overnight by clearing fallen trees, replacing broken poles and downed lines, and restoring electric service to more than 86,000 Central Hudson customers. As of 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning, fewer than 17,000 customers remain without power, including 9,000 in Ulster County; 4,000 in Orange County; and 1,900 in Dutchess County. The utility estimates that more than 900 distinct damage locations must be addressed to in order to complete the service restoration to all customers.

“We continue our efforts, day by day, to bring power back to our customers, and while we expect service to be restored to 90 percent of impacted customers by late Friday night, we also recognize that some areas sustained substantial storm damage and restoration activities will continue there during the weekend,” said James P. Laurito, President of Central Hudson. “We want to continue to remind our customers to keep away from low-hanging or downed lines, assume they are live and never attempt to move or relocate these lines, and to report all downed or low-hanging lines to county emergency management by calling 911.” 

“We are fortunate in that additional mutual aid reinforcements arrived last night to assist in the restoration efforts, including three crews from Fortis Inc’s Ontario, Canada operations,” said Laurito. A merger agreement between Fortis Inc. and CH Energy Group, Central Hudson’s parent company, is taking place, pending approval by the New York State Public Service Commission.

Customers should call Central Hudson’s PowerLine at (845) 452-2700 or 1-800-527-2714 to report their power condition, and they are encouraged to use the automated reporting system. Customers with access to a computer may also report their power condition via www.CentralHudson.com by using the StormCentral function. Information regarding service restoration estimates, as it becomes available, can be obtained by phone and online, and updates are posted on Facebook and Twitter. A mobile version of the utility’s website, including StormCentral, can be accessed by web-enabled cell phones and mobile devices at http://mobile.CentralHudson.com. Free Central Hudson mobile applications for Android, Apple and Blackberry devices are also available by logging onto www.CentralHudson.com/mobileapp; recent updates to these mobile apps were made earlier this month, and current users should download their update, as previous versions of these apps will no longer work optimally.

Laurito also remind customers to stay safe by:

·         Staying at least 30 feet away from downed power lines, and lines which may be entangled and hidden in fallen trees. Assume all downed lines are live;

·         Avoiding the use of candles for illumination;

·         Following the manufacturer’s safety instructions on the use of emergency generators, and be sure to shut off the main breaker when in use and to only operate the units outdoors; and

·         Never using outdoor gas or charcoal grills indoors, as they pose a fire hazard and over time can give off deadly carbon monoxide gas. Use these appliances only outdoors with proper ventilation. Similarly, operate cars and motor vehicles outdoors only, and never in the garage.


Dry ice and bottled water:
More than 86,000 pounds of dry ice and 12,000 gallons of bottled water were distributed to residents since Tuesday, and dry ice and bottled water will continue to be made available on Thursday at the following locations. A full list of these locations is available at www.CentralHudson.com;
customers without Internet access can call (845) 486-5796 to hear a recording that lists these locations:

Hamptonburgh (Orange County)
Thomas Bull Memorial Park Boat House
211 State Route 416 (enter park at Grove Street)
Montgomery, NY 12549
Noon - 5:30 p.m.

 

Newburgh Home Depot (Orange County)
1220 Route 300
Newburgh NY 12550
Noon - 5:30 p.m.

Fishkill Home Depot (Dutchess County)
Dutchess Mall
450 Route 9, Fishkill NY 12524
Noon - 5:30 p.m.

 

Central Hudson facility at Eltings Corners (Ulster County)
Corner of Route 299 and South St.
Town of Lloyd, 12528 (directly opposite Lowe’s Home Improvement)
Noon - 5:30 p.m.

 

Accord Fire Department (Ulster County)
22 Main Street
Accord, NY 12404
Noon - 5:30 p.m.

 

Ellenville/Wawarsing (Ulster County)
Wawarsing Transfer Station
209 Landfill Rd
Wawarsing, NY 12489
7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Staffed by local municipal officials/volunteers



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