Board of Legislators: Con Ed must improve response time

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WPCNR THE POWER STORY. From the Westchester County Board of Legislators. 10 AM,  March 5, 2018:

“We know utilities have faced a daunting task in responding to the increasing number of severe weather emergencies, but Con Ed and NYSEG should be in a much better position to deal with these situations proactively,” said  White Plains resident, Ben Boykin, Chair of the Westchester County Board of Legislators. “Con Ed and NYSEG must be ready to reach out immediately to communities and residents, to provide ongoing communications regarding staffing and remediation efforts and to have crews available to begin work rapidly.”

The scope of damage from Friday’s storm is extensive with flooding, fallen trees, downed power lines and property damage across the County, from North to South, from East to West.

The Board of Legislators would like to express its gratitude to first responders and crews from various municipalities and departments who worked throughout the weekend responding to emergencies, opening roads and clearing hazards.

However, as a new work week dawns, thousands of county residents are still without power, many roads remain closed and a new storm could affect the area this Wednesday.

The Chair and the Legislators spent the weekend in conversation with federal, state, county, and local officials and with Con Ed, to help flag the numerous critical facilities, intersections and residences that require attention.

“Con Ed says it will have a complement of around 300 crews fully engaged in the restoration process as the week begins,” Chairman Boykin said. “The Board also will be looking into ways that we can work with utilities to ensure that they’re better prepared for storms in the future, including working with utilities and federal, state, county and local officials to explore ways to speed up the process of calling in help from across the country.”

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