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Pound Ridge: NYSEG Restoration Figures Inaccurate

Power workers from as far away as Maine gathered at the Pound Ridge Town Park on Monday to prepare to replace the more than 100 utility poles that are down in town.
Power workers from as far away as Maine gathered at the Pound Ridge Town Park on Monday to prepare to replace the more than 100 utility poles that are down in town. Photo Credit: Bob Dumas
Hurricane Sandy took down this tree on the front lawn of the Pound Ridge Town House.
Hurricane Sandy took down this tree on the front lawn of the Pound Ridge Town House. Photo Credit: Bob Dumas

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – Pound Ridge officials say residents shouldn’t rely on the NYSEG website to track power outages because the reporting has been inaccurate.

“That had 16 roads that they were reporting as having their power back,” said Police Chief Dave Ryan, “but that wasn’t true.”

Deputy Superintendent John Powers said the town is making its own assessment of the power outage situation.

“At least 85 percent of the town is still without power,” he said. “The NYSEG data is unreliable. We have had people tell us that the [NYSEG] website says they have power and when they call them to say it’s not true, [NYSEG] disagrees with them.”

Powers said the problem happens because when NYSEG repairs one circuit, it assumes that every customer on that circuit is back up.

“But that is not necessarily true,” he said.

Powers said that the Scotts Corners business district has been made a priority, but so far only half the area has its power back.

Powers said NYSEG officials have been awestruck by the damage Pound Ridge endured.

“One NYSEG guy said to me he’s never seen anything like this in 40 years,” Powers said.

Powers added that there are approximately 500 utility poles down in the section of Westchester County that is covered by NYSEG. Of them, 118 are located in Pound Ridge.

The National Guard is in town helping to direct traffic and act as flagmen, but Powers added that there was no need to use the guard and its equipment to clear roads because it was done before they arrived.

“The road work was already done,” he said. “The problem now is restoration.”

Chief Ryan said that if anyone knows residents who are still isolated, he wants to know about it.

“We are sending our officers door to door to check on seniors,” he said. “But people should contact us if we missed anybody who might need help. We have a bus that we will be using to transport people to a shelter if they want."

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