County Executive MaryEllen Odell remains at the Putnam County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) with the ICS Team.
“As predicted this storm packed a very powerful punch, closing roads and disrupting power across the entire region”, said County Executive Odell. “Our highway crews continue to stay focused on making roadways passable however we rely on the power crews to make downed wires safe before our crews can safely remove the debris”.
“With power out across most of our government campuses, we have closed our non-essential government offices”, continued Odell.
The EOC will continue to monitor the weather. The National Weather Service is showing that the high winds should dissipate by 7:00 PM and the storms should move out of our area after 9:00 PM this evening.
NYSEG reports that currently 33,800 customers are without power with Central Hudson reporting 1300.
NYSEG and Central Hudson Gas and Electric will continue to work on “Make Safe” efforts which allows our Highway Departments to safely clear downed trees and branches. NYSEG and Central Hudson both report that mutual aid crews have been assigned to our area and are ready to respond once the winds allow safe operation of equipment.
Residents are reminded to report any outages to their local utility company. NYSEG can be contacted at 800-572-1131. Central Hudson Gas & Electric can be contacted at 845-452-2700. Both companies have an app available for download to track outages.
Putnam County 9-1-1 remains fully manned and should only be used for emergency requests for Police, Fire or EMS.
Safety Near Fallen Wires:
- You can’t tell if a power line is energized just by looking at it. You should assume that all fallen power lines are live and proceed with extreme caution.
- If you see a fallen power line, stay at least 30 feet away from it and anything touching it. The ground around a power line and any objects it contacts, such as a fence, may be energized. Call 911 to report the condition so that emergency responders and Central Hudson or NYSEG are notified.
- If a downed wire comes in contact with your vehicle, stay inside and wait for help. If you must get out because of fire or other danger, jump clear of the vehicle to avoid any contact with the vehicle and the ground at the same time. Land with your feet together and hop with feet together or shuffle away; don’t run or stride.
- Do not attempt to move a fallen power line or anything else in contact with it using an object such as a broom or stick. Even non-conductive materials or cloth can conduct electricity if slightly wet.
Please continue to monitor NY-Alert for updates