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November 4th, 2012

Central Hudson Power Restoration Nears Completion

Central Hudson is assisting utility crews in southern New York to repair severe damage to the electrical system by Tropical Storm Sandy, where it is estimated approximately 900,000 homes and businesses are without power. Approximately 145 utility mutual aid, contract electric and tree trimming personnel have completed their work in restoring power to Central Hudson customers and are traveling to Long Island, Westchester County and southeastern Putnam County, in cooperation with the New York Mutual Aid Group (NYMAG).

“Our first responsibility is to our customers, and the assistance we’re providing does not hamper the remaining customer restorations we are completing in Ulster and Sullivan counties,” said James P. Laurito, President of Central Hudson. “We’re far enough along with repairs in our area that we may safely release a portion of mutual aid and contract crews to provide highly needed resources in southern New York. We have more than sufficient Central Hudson, mutual aid and contract crews to safely restore electric service to our remaining customers, with nearly 500 field personnel making repairs today.” To date, power has been restored to 99 percent of Central Hudson customers impacted by the storm.

“NYMAG is comprised of member New York utility companies and serves to allocate crew resources during major events affecting a significant portion of the state or region,” said Laurito. “As a member of this group, we will provide crews and personnel to other utilities in need when requested, but only after the needs of our own customers are met first. Just as we depend on mutual aid from other utilities and private companies when severe weather impacts our region, we will reciprocate when requested. For example, were it not for the mutual aid crews who provided valuable assistance during this storm, repairs would have taken much longer.” Laurito indicated that Central Hudson will likely provide additional assistance during the week, after service restoration to its customers is completed.

Central Hudson is also assisting utilities in the Mid-Hudson region by supplying needed utility poles and dry ice. “We’ve authorized our vendor to allocate our inventory of hundreds of poles to a neighboring utility, and contributed thousands of pounds of dry ice to assist customers in neighboring utility territories,” said Laurito.

“Tropical Storm Sandy left a wake of destruction that can only be addressed by sharing resources and through cooperation among utilities, governments and other agencies focused on providing aid,” he said. “By working together, we can provide relief to the hundreds of thousands of residents impacted by this storm.”

Dry Ice and Bottled Water for Sun., Nov. 4

Two municipalities will distribute dry ice and bottled water supplied by Central Hudson on Sunday, Nov. 4 at the following locations. Customers without Internet access can hear a recording listing these locations by calling 845-486-5796.

Accord Fire Department (Ulster County)

22 Main Street

Accord, NY 12404

Noon – 4 p.m.

Staffed by local municipal officials/volunteers

Neversink Fire House (Sullivan County)
7486 State Route 55
Neversink, NY 12765
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Staffed by local municipal officials/volunteers

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