Putnam County Officials want Putnam County residents to have the most current and up-to-date information regarding power outages and road closures.
As of today, Friday, November 2, 2012, at 8:00 a.m., it is reported that 66 roads remain closed due downed wires and/or trees. At the peak of the storm, 129 roads were closed.
Putnam County Officials have been working with NYSEG and Central Hudson on restoring power to Putnam County. They report that 42% of Putnam County residents are still without power, down from the peak of 80% on October 30, 2012. The website for NYSEG is www.nyseg.com (“http://www.nyseg.com“) and Central Hudson is www.centralhudson.com (“http://www.centralhudson.com“) .
The following safety tips are important reminders from the Utilities.
Stay away from downed power lines – even lines that appear “dead” can be deadly. �
Stay out of flooded basements because energized wiring or outlets below the water line may pose a hazard. Natural gas service in a flooded basement may also pose a danger. If a basement or home is in danger of flooding, customers should contact their utilities to turn off electricity and/or natural gas service.
Emergency generators can be dangerous. Carefully read, understand and follow manufacturer’s instructions when operating an emergency generator. Never run emergency generators indoors; operate them only outdoors in well-ventilated areas, away from windows and doors, and never in a garage.
For electricity emergencies and to report power interruptions, NYSEG customers should call 1.800.572.1131; RG&E customers should call 1.800.743.1701.
For natural gas emergencies and to report suspected natural gas odors, NYSEG customers should call 1.800.572.1121; RG&E customers should call 1.800.743.1702. (If you smell natural gas, get up, get out and contact your natural gas utility from a neighbor’s phone.)
Putnam County Officials, however, request that the public, though well-intentioned, refrain from attempting to instruct or assist any Road and Utility Crew Personnel as they have protocols that they must strictly adhere to.
We continue to be vigilant on working with NYSEG and Central Hudson as well as Highway and Utility crews on restoring power to Putnam County. Putnam County Officials, once again, thank the residents of Putnam County for their patience and cooperation in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.