RG&E still working to restore power

Posted at: 11/01/2012 6:16 PM
Updated at: 11/01/2012 7:04 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion

It's been three days since Sandy and there are still several thousands without power locally.

As of late Thursday afternoon, there are 2,600 customers in Monroe County and 96 customers in Wayne County without power. Several businesses are stepping up to help those without electricity.

Several residents are still in the dark on Hibiscus Drive. There's a rather strange scenario going on there though. Part of the block has no power, but on the other side of the block, power has been restored.

RG&E officials say this is happening frequently throughout the area and they are asking for patience as they continue to restore power. In the meantime, RG&E is continuing to help out those affected by the storm. Several volunteers passed out bags of dry ice. They have handed out hundreds of bags within the last few days. Officials say the reason why it is taking so long to restore power to certain areas is because the storm knocked down around 60 electricity poles.

Dan Hucko, RG&E Director of Media Relations, said, “Our distribution system is set up in circuits. So there could be any case where one side of the street could be served by circuit a and the other could be served by circuit b. So if there is an issue with circuit a their lights could be out and they can look across the street and their neighbor's lights could be on because that circuit didn't have any damage or something we already repaired. So it happens frequently especially in the city.”

They say they expect the vast majority of all the power back on by Friday around midnight.