Most of Orange, Sullivan, Passaic Back on by Late Today; Most of Rockland and Bergen Back on by Late Sunday
O&R expects to restore the majority of customers in New York’s Orange and Sullivan counties and Passaic County, NJ, who have had their power knocked out by one or the other of the two nor’easters that have rocked the region in the past week by midnight (11:59 p.m. today) tonight.
For Rockland and Bergen counties, it’s estimated that most customers will have power back by midnight (11:59 p.m. Sunday) Sunday night.
O&R’s Outage Map has been taken down temporarily to address some technical difficulties. Until it returns, here are the updated outage numbers by county as of 11:15 a.m. today:
Rockland – 5912
Orange – 833
Sullivan – 993
Bergen – 9453
O&R company, contractor, mutual aid and tree crews are working day and night to make system repairs and restore customers who remain without power after back-to-back nor’easters.
The majority of storm damage following Winter Storm Quinn occurred in Bergen County, NJ, and Rockland County, NY. Winter Storm Quinn brought over a foot of heavy wet snow to communities in these areas, causing many branches and trees to fall. In some of these instances, electrical wires were tangled in the trees. Those wires have to be de-energized and untangled. Then the trees are cut and removed, along with other debris. That’s why O&R continues to work in partnership with state and local emergency leaders to safely prioritize power restoration in heavily damaged locations.
O&R’s storm response plans focus first on repairs that support public safety like clearing downed wires from roads. From there, the company dispatches resources to restore outages that affect the greatest number of customers in succession until all customers are back in service.
Here is a list of community warming centers that have opened to offer shelter to those whose power was knocked out by the storms:
Camp Simcha, 430 White Road, Glen Spey
Forestburgh Fire Dept., 2639 State Rt.42, Forestburgh
Forestburgh Town Hall, 322 King Road, Forestburgh
Pascack Community Center, 87 New Clarkstown Road, New City
St. Ann’s Church, 152 Stage Road, Monroe
St. Paul’s Church, 58 Main St., Middletown
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 31 West Main St., Port Jervis
Street Community Center, 31 Zukor Road, New City
Camp Simcha and the Forestburgh Fire Department also have dry ice on hand for the public.
With damage assessment and repairs underway, customers are reminded to continue to:
- Be especially mindful of the potential for downed lines to be buried beneath snow.
- Put your safety and the safety of your 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.
- Never touch or approach any downed wire. Assume it is energized and dangerous. Call O&R immediately toll-free at 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.
- If you experience a power outage, don’t assume that O&R automatically knows about it, or that someone else will report it. Also, notify the company if power is restored to your neighborhood, but not your 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:
For more information, visit O&R’s Storm Center at www.oru.com.