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Con Edison: 75 percent of customers have power restored

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Con Edison says more than 727,000 customers, or more than 75 percent, who lost electricity since Hurricane Sandy have had their power restored Sunday morning.  

Con Ed said approximately 210,000 customers were without electricity, out of an estimated 940,000 affected and the company expects to have the majority of those impacted by the storm restored by next weekend. 

"The men and women of Con Edison, along with thousands of utility workers from around the country, are working with determination and professionalism to put our customers back in service," said Craig Ivey, president of Con Edison. "We are running an aggressive, coordinated restoration campaign in response to the worst storm ever to hit New York. We will continue working around the clock until every home and business owner whose equipment was not damaged by the storm has power." 

The company also said that more than 2,000 utility workers from other states have arrived to assist with power restoration. Workers from as far away as California are working in New York City and Westchester County and more than 300 additional outside utility workers are scheduled to arrive in New York Sunday.  

Customers can report downed power lines, outages, and check service restoration status by computer or mobile device at www.conEd.com or they can call 1-800-75-CONED. 

Con Ed asks when reporting an outage, it is helpful if customers have their Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether their neighbors also have lost power. Customers who report outages will be called by Con Edison with their estimated restoration times as they become available.  

For instructions on how to report an outage, click here: <http://bcove.me/6sx1yox5>  

Con Edison offers the following safety tips:

  • Never operate a portable electric generator indoors or in an attached garage. Be sure to place the generator outside where exhaust fumes will not enter into enclosed spaces. Only operate a generator outdoors in a well-ventilated, dry area, away from air intakes to the home. The generator should be protected from direct exposure to rain and snow.
  • Use extreme caution before going into a flooded basement. Know whether there are electrified services or unsanitary conditions and wear high rubber boots. Also, know how deep the water is and probe it with a wooden stick, if necessary, to gauge the depth. Keep children out of basements where there is water.
  • If you see downed electrical wires, do not go near them. Treat all downed wires as if they are live. Never attempt to move or touch them with any object. Be mindful that downed wires can be hidden from view by tree limbs, leaves or water.
  •  Report all downed wires to Con Edison and your local police department immediately. If a power line falls on your car while you're in it, stay inside the vehicle and wait for emergency personnel.
  • The company is in constant communication with the New York City Office of Emergency Management and the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services and company personnel are working closely with city and municipal emergency officials.
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