When will it be restored what to do

Update (8:00 a.m. Thursday, April 21) Hundreds of people are still without power in the Mohawk Valley Thursday morning after a winter storm Monday and Tuesday, with Herkimer County still the hardest hit area, according to the latest National Grid data.

Heavy, wet snow dumped by the upstate spring storm left 195,000 people without power, according to a statement from Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office. The state emergency operations center in Albany has been activated to coordinate requests for assistance from local governments.

The state of emergency declared Tuesday in Herkimer County following the storm was still in effect Wednesday morning, according to the county’s deputy director of emergency management, Kelly Wares.

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Fault maps, what to do

Outages can be reported to National Grid online at www1.nationalgridus.com/outages. Downed power lines should be reported to the company immediately at 1-800-867-5222 or by calling 911.

The latest information from National Grid shows:

  • 353 without power in Hamilton County, with estimated recovery time of 11:30 p.m. Thursday
  • 1,535 without power in Herkimer County, with estimated recovery time of 11:30 p.m. Thursday
  • 1 without power in Lewis County, with estimated recovery time of 9 a.m. Thursday
  • 19 without power in Madison County, with an estimated restoration time of 5 p.m. Thursday
  • 592 without power in Oneida County, with estimated recovery time of 11:30 p.m. Thursday

More than 9,000 New York State electric and gas customers were without power in Chenango County as of 8 a.m. Thursday. NYSEG estimated that 95% of its affected customers would have power restored by 11:30 p.m. Friday, the company said Wednesday afternoon. Here is the NYSEG power outage map, https://outagemap.nyseg.com/

Map of power outages

Reaction from the center of the storm

In the event of a fault, National Grid advises the following:

  • Run generators outdoors to avoid carbon monoxide buildup and be sure to disconnect from the National Grid system by turning off the main circuit breaker.
  • Those using electrical life support equipment such as respirators should register as a life support customer with National Grid at 1-800-642-4272.
  • Keep working flashlights and extra batteries around the house before a storm.
  • Check in on elderly family members, neighbors and others who might need help during an outage.

For those looking to keep food in the refrigerator and freezer safe during an outage, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers the following advice:

  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain temperature.
  • A refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours if left unopened.
  • A full freezer will hold temperature for about 48 hours if unopened or 24 hours if half full.
  • Dry or block ice can help keep the refrigerator cold in the event of a power outage for an extended period of time. 50 pounds of dry ice should keep a well-stocked 18-foot freezer cold for two days.
  • Meat, poultry, fish, or eggs should be discarded if at any time the food was above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for two or more hours.

National Grid announced Tuesday evening that it would distribute dry ice and bottled water from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday to the Middleville Fire Department at 41 N. Main St. in Middleville and the Middleville Fire Department. Whitesboro at 171 Oriskany Blvd. Guests are asked to bring a cooler or paper grocery bags to carry the dry ice.

Dry ice will also be provided by Madison County Emergency Management to the Georgetown Fire Department at 954 State Route 26 in Georgetown, NY 13072, or the Madison County Highway Facility at 6200 Brown Road in Eaton’s beginning at 6 p.m., according to a statement. County.

Warming stations were opened Wednesday in Herkimer County at the Poland Fire Department at 216 Main St. in Cold Brook, the Federated Church at 452 E. Main St. in West Winfield and the Hotel de city ​​of Inlet at 160 State Route 28 in Inlet, Wares said.

Shelter was available for people without power as of 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Madison County Highway Facility, the county said. Baby cots will be available for sleeping, but space is limited. A warm-up station is also currently open on the Brookfield Central School District campus at 1910 Fairground Road in Brookfield. Residents can call the county non-emergency line for more information at 315-366-2280.

H. Rose Schneider covers public safety, breaking news and trends for the Observer-Dispatch. Email Rose at [email protected]

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