Central Hudson Power Outages Update

October 31, 2011 by staff 

Central Hudson Power Outages Update, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. teams continue to repair the cuts of 50,000 customers remain without service this morning in Dutchess County. Other 12,000 customers in Ulster County also remain without power after a fall snowstorm historical – one of the three worst in the history of the utility – dumped wet snow that toppled thousands of trees and branches.

Central Hudson spokeswoman Denise Van Buren, said this morning that the company is working with suppliers to obtain the quantities of dry ice.

“Due to the fact that 3 million customers in the northeast of services lost during the storm, dry ice is in high demand and shortages,” said Van Buren by email. “We are fighting for limited amounts.”

She said the company will issue a press release and publish information of your website if you are able to get supplies.

In the area of ??coverage RG $ E, another 11,800 customers have no power this morning in eastern Dutchess County, the company said.

All schools in the district of Arlington, Millbrook, Pawling, Pine Plains, Spackenkill and Wappingers are closed today. All Beacon city schools are open. In Red Hook, Mill Road Elementary School is closed, but the Linden Avenue Middle School and Red Hook School and are open normal hours. (Click here for a complete list of closures and delays.)

LOOP buses are running on schedule today, but the LOOP bus information line is not working due to telephone and electricity cuts, said government spokesman Colleen Pillus Dutchess County.

Metro-North Railroad is running on the branch line bus Wassaic Harlem. Regular train service is in effect for the rest of the line of Harlem and Hudson line, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The unusual snowstorm dumped 21.6 inches of snow in Millbrook and knocked out power to more than 99,000 homes and businesses in the counties of Dutchess and Ulster.

Warming shelters have been created in some municipalities.

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The storm only comparable in the dossier was “Snowleaf” on October 5, 1987, when up to 20 inches of snow fell in the region. Most of the trees had all their leaves, causing limbs to fall on power lines and leaving some without power for more than a week.

A key part of today cleaning and this week will be the removal of fallen trees and branches. The heavy snow from trees, in some cases, fold in half to the ground. On the roads throughout the region, the snow forced members to create canopies or folded down, making the risk for drivers to avoid. Meanwhile, as temperatures warm during the day Sunday, melting of snow fell from the trees, forcing pedestrians and homeowners to avoid being beaten.

The parents were waiting to see if the school would be in session today due to widespread power cuts.

Anita Davis, 82, was home alone at his home in Wheaton, in Fishkill Avenue when he lost power at 5 pm Saturday. She said she shivered all night the temperature in your home was reduced to about 57 degrees.

In the morning, she called the police who took her to a community room at the police station in the city. Davis said some stranded motorists also in the community hall went to a restaurant and got her food so she could take her medication.

“I never got their names, but I was very grateful to them,” he said.

The police finally came to Davis’s daughter in Mount Kisco, Westchester County, on Sunday afternoon and daughter went to pick it up.

At noon, Dutchess County Executive William Steinhaus lifted a state of emergency in the county that had been in effect from noon on Saturday.

He said: “Residents are still urged to stay safe and stay home and off the road. There are still many issues that need to be addressed ranging from downed trees and power lines for traffic signals outside the exploitation. Stay off the roads and allow teams to tackle large work efforts that must be addressed. ”

Under Central Hudson, 59,906 of the 115,932 customers of the Dutchess and services 87,947 17,017 clients of utility in Ulster were without power from 16:45 on Sunday.

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New York State Electric & Gas reported 10,982 of its 15,386 customers in 2197 Dutchess and Ulster of its 5355 customers were without power from 16:45 on Sunday.

Brian Kerman from the village of Crest Apartments in Wappingers Falls Maloney Road lost power around 4:30 pm on Saturday.

On Sunday morning, he was in the state police barracks in Wappinger seeking information on shelters where he had established because it was hot. He said that he, his girlfriend and her daughter spent the night with candle light. Fill the tub to use water to clean the toilet.

“Trees were everywhere,” he said. “I had to pass over (fall) power lines to get here.”

Dutchess County LOOP bus service was canceled and will resume today.

LOOP on Sunday sent two buses to the Marriott Courtyard and Hilton Garden Inn in Fishkill in reception centers have been created for motorists stranded along Interstate 84 and Taconic State Parkway. State police assisted more than 100 motorists stranded at the height of the storm.

LOOP buses provided to shuttle people and return them to their vehicles.

At Saint Francis Hospital emergency room Dr. Jonathan Pangia said the staff was caring for about seven elderly and infirm who could not stay in their homes when the power went off. Some were on oxygen and others were fragile and had no one to care for them.

“In times like these, we often become other people’s families,” said Pangia.

The Metro-North Hudson line, New HavenLine and New Canaan Branch had regular train on Sundays. Superior service Harlem Line, which ends in eastern Dutchess County, wassuspended from North White Plains to Wassaic due to fallen trees.

Snowfall totals ranged from 4.5 inches at the point of the high salt in Millbrook, according to the National Weather Service. Pine Plains reported 16 inches of snow. The National Weather Service reported eight inches of snow in Dutchess County Airport on the morning of Sunday, 11.5 inches in Wappingers Falls and 8 inches in Rhinebeck.

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In Ulster, snow reports ranged from 2.8 to 9.5 inches in Palentown Saugerties in the central part of the province.

When Shirley and Charles Stout of the city of Poughkeepsie see the damage, could not believe his bad luck.

“I see that there are problems throughout the city but nobody’s house is like mine,” said Shirley Stout, a retiree.

Two downed trees in your yard the night of Saturday street property. One landed on the roof of the porch, which had been made this year.

The other fell on the opposite side of his house, and fallen branches blocked his car in the driveway, preventing the couple to leave, despite losing power and heat at 7 pm

“When he heard a noise, we knew something was coming down. I was running around the house terrified,” he said.

Restore the power
Denise Van Buren, the corporate secretary and vice president of corporate communications for Central Hudson Gas & Electric, said crews were working Sunday to determine the extent of damage and restore power strategies were priorities.

Central Hudson estimates that 13 transmission lines, 17 substations and distribution circuits of four remained out of service until Sunday afternoon. In addition, more than 1,300 neighborhood repairs.

Central Hudson President James Laurito said Sunday, “Our staff will continue working around the clock until every customer is back online, and we will do our best to provide the estimated time of recovery as soon as they become available, we know what is a difficulty is that the families are without electricity. ”

He said a field strength of more than 300 employees was reinforced Sunday by hundreds of other Central Hudson employees working between racks to provide operational support.

An additional 250 to 300 workers in the field will be added today, as teams from Tennessee, Long Island and Albany areas to join the recovery.

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