Power Due Back to 95% of O&R’s Orange, Sullivan, Passaic, Sussex Customers by 8 A.M.; Good Repair Progress, More Crews Speed Winter Storm Recovery
O&R expects to restore electric service by 8 a.m. Wednesday to 95% of its Orange, Sullivan, Passaic and Sussex County customers whose power was knocked out by the Sunday-Tuesday severe winter storms.
The recovery effort Wednesday will be further fortified by O&R’s acquiring an additional 190 overhead line contractors to aid in power restoration. In addition, the redeployment of O&R personnel from completed recovery work in Bergen and Rockland to Orange, Sullivan, Passaic and Sussex on Wednesday will further supplement the work effort.
O&R Vice President of Operations Francis W. Peverly said, “On Wednesday, O&R will field approximately 390 seasoned electric service restoration specialists to bring power back to our customers who lost their lights in the storm. That added punch should get the power back before our 11 p.m. target.”
O&R wrapped up nearly all the power outages that resulted from the winter storm damage in Rockland and Bergen counties by 5 p.m. today.
O&R crews will be working through the night, repairing damage and restoring service to the remaining 2,400 of the approximately 30,000 of its customers whose power was knocked out by the storms.
Port Jervis has opened their warming center between the hours of 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. The warming center is located at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 31 West Main Street, Port Jervis, NY 12771. People who are heading to this shelter after 10 p.m. are asked to go first to the Police Station for escort to the center.
As of 9:15 p.m. today, there are a total of approximately 2,416 customers out of power at 313 locations in the following areas:
- Orange: (1,720 total) Majority of outages include 661 in Warwick Town, 233 in Deerpark, 158 in Warwick Village, 124 in Waywayanda, 94 in Blooming Grove, 86 in Woodbury, 62 in Monroe Town and 54 in Chester Town. Smaller outages are scattered throughout the county.
- Sullivan: (78 total) 43 in Forestburgh, 19 in Wurtsboro 12 in Mamakating and 4 in Lumberland.
- Passaic: 354 in West Milford.
- Sussex: (27) 20 in Vernon, 7 in Montague.
For the most up-to-date outage information, please go to O&R’s Outage Map.
The following video describes the typical storm repair and power restoration process:
There are several ways customers can report outages and check service restoration status:
- Go to the O&R website 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
For more information, visit O&R’s Storm Center at www.oru.com.
To help its customers prepare to weather a storm, O&R offers more tips:
- 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 or 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.
- Pole-top transformers --- those small grey-colored metal drums attached to the wires at the tops of most utility poles --- also should be avoided when they have been knocked to the ground.
- Portable generators pose a serious hazard if used improperly. They should be used and installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions. A wrong connection could feed electricity back through the lines and endanger our repair crews. Never plug a generator into a wall unit, use it indoors or set it up outdoors near open home windows or air-handling vents.
- Have emergency equipment within reach --- portable radio, flashlights, spare batteries, first aid kit, cell phone and important medications
- Remember: if the base station of your cordless phone plugs into the wall, your phone will be unusable during a power outage.
About Orange & Rockland
Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R), a wholly owned subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, is a regulated utility. O&R provides electric service to approximately 300,000 customers in southeastern New York State (where its franchise name is Orange & Rockland) and northern New Jersey (where it’s Rockland Electric Company) and natural gas service to approximately 130,000 customers in New York
O&R serves the following communities in New York: Airmont, Bloomingburg, Blooming Grove, Chester Town, Chester Village, Chestnut Ridge, Clarkstown, Crawford, Deerpark, Florida, Forestburgh, Goshen Town, Goshen Village, Grand View, Greenwood Lake, Greenville, Harriman, Haverstraw Town, Haverstraw Village, Highland Falls, Highlands, Hillburn, Kaser, Kiryas Joel, Lumberland, Mamakating, Middletown, Minisink, Monroe Town, Monroe Village, Montebello, Mount Hope, New Hempstead, New Square, Nyack, Orangetown, Otisville, Palm Tree, Piermont, Pomona, Port Jervis, Ramapo, Sloatsburg, South Blooming Grove, South Nyack, Spring Valley, Stony Point, Suffern, Tuxedo Town, Tuxedo Park, Unionville, Upper Nyack, Wesley Hills, Wallkill, Warwick Town, Warwick Village, Washingtonville, Wawayanda, West Haverstraw, Woodbury, Woodbury Village, Wurtsboro.
O&R, as Rockland Electric Company, serves the following communities in New Jersey: Allendale, Alpine, Closter, Cresskill, Demarest, Franklin Lakes, Harrington Park, Mahwah, Haworth (part), Montague, Montvale, Northvale, Norwood, Oakland, Old Tappan (part), Ramsey, Ringwood, Rivervale (part), Rockleigh, Saddle River (part), Upper Saddle River, Wantage (part), Vernon (part), West Milford (part), Wyckoff (part).