O&R Restoration Efforts Expected to Continue Through the Weekend

O&R company and contractor crews worked through the night to assess damage and restore electric service to customers affected by Friday’s destructive nor’easter.

Approximately 46,000 customers have been restored with just over 20,000 remaining out of service at this time. Nearly 750 of those customers are experiencing single-service outages.

 

All available crews will be supported by additional mutual aid crews today to address widespread damage. Repairs will continue around the clock to achieve complete restoration as soon as possible. Ongoing damage assessment will enable O&R to provide affected customers with estimated restoration times throughout the day.

 

With restoration efforts expected to continue through the weekend, affected customers may need to consider making alternate arrangements to ensure their safety and comfort.

Customers are reminded to:

  • Put their safety and the safety of their children first at all times. Maintain a distance of at least 50 feet from downed wires and anything they are in contact with, including puddles and fences.
  • Notify the company if power is restored to their neighborhood, but not their home. All outages and safety concerns should be reported immediately.  

There are several ways customers can report outages and check service restoration status:

  • Go to www.oru.com/outage from any computer or web-enabled mobile device;
  • Use the O&R mobile app from your iPhone, iPad or Android device;
  • Text “OUT” to 69678 (myORU); or
  • Call Customer Assistance at 1-877-434-4100

The following video describes the typical storm repair and power restoration process:

To help its customers prepare to weather a storm, O&R offers these tips:

 

  • For safety’s sake, don’t touch or approach any downed wire. Assume it is energized and dangerous. Call O&R immediately toll-free 1-877-434-4100. Depending on the situation, you may also want to call your local police to divert traffic until an O&R crew arrives. Maintain a distance of at least 50 feet from downed wires and anything they are in contact with including puddles of water and fences. Supervise your children so that they are not in the vicinity and keep pets on a leash or otherwise secure.
  • If a fallen wire is draped over a car, do not approach the car and make rescue attempts. Remain a safe distance away, and try to keep the occupant of the vehicle calm. If possible, emergency personnel should handle the situation.
  • Have emergency equipment within reach --- portable radio, flashlights, spare batteries, first aid kit, cell phone and important medications. Keep O&R’s toll-free number 1-877-434-4100 near the phone to report power outages.
  • If you experience a power outage, don’t assume that O&R automatically knows about it or that someone else will report it. To be sure the outage is reported, please call O&R toll-free at 1-877-434-4100 to let O&R know what happened. The more information you can provide, the more O&R can help you.
  • Remember: if the base station of your cordless phone plugs into the wall, your phone will be unusable during a power outage. 

 

For more information, visit O&R’s Storm Center at www.oru.com.

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