November 2, 2012
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Limited state of emergency continues in Sullivan County
| BETHEL – Sullivan County Manager David
Fanslau announced on Thursday evening that the limited state of emergency
in the county will remain in effect through 12:01 a.m. Saturday to permit
county officials to continue to coordinate efforts with the public works
crews and utility personnel to open county and town roads.
He said the county is working on developing a plan for transportation to and from shelters for showers and food.
NYSEG and Orange and Rockland Utilities have staff at the Sullivan County Emergency Operations Center in Bethel. Fanslau said utilities trucks are being paired with public works crews to attend to opening the remaining county and town roads that have trees and wires down. “The main issues remain that 25,000 locations remain without power throughout the county. He said. county and town roads have hazardous conditions and those without power are in need of dry ice and bottled water.
NYSEG representatives anticipate the majority of power restoration will take place by midnight on Sunday, Fanslau said. “NYSEG crews are dispersed throughout Sullivan County repairing the major transmission lines and completing repairs to substations. NYSEG crews have also teamed up with town highway departments to complete the opening of roads for emergency vehicles. Once this phase of repair is completed, restoration to individual homes and business will follow thereafter.”
The county manager said the utilities should complete their assessment stage, which will be followed by restoring power to their substations, followed by restoring power to the distribution system that provides power to residents and businesses.
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