Orange & Rockland: Most To Have Power By Midnight

NEW CITY, NY (WCBS 880) – New City homeowners Joe Bricks and Kirk Reilly were explaining the misery of living on generator power to WCBS 880 reporter Marla Diamond, when suddenly the power came back.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond On The Story

Bricks and Reilly were among the 90 percent of Orange & Rockland utility customers who were promised power by midnight.

Crews were driving around Rockland County on Thursday with California and Indiana license plates, just one sign of the effort O&R is putting into the complicated, days-long task of restoring power.

“Massive destruction up here,” Rockland County legislator Ed Day told Diamond. “I’ve driven around here. It’s just unbelievable.

He is not thrilled with O&R’s response. After all, 10 percent of its customers might not have power restored until Sunday, perhaps not even until next week. The freak snowstorm was on Saturday.

“You’re supposed to be looking at things like this. There’s supposed to be a comprehensive effort. Clearly, the fact of trees falling down, while it was a lot this time, is not an unusual circumstance in a place like Rockland County,” said Day.

While power is out, the utility has some recommendations:

•Always assume downed power lines are energized and extremely dangerous. Keep a distance of at least 50 feet away from them and call O&R at 1-877-434-4100.

•Do not try to use a gas oven or range to heat a room or use grills indoors. These appliances will deplete oxygen from the air, resulting in possible carbon monoxide poisoning.

To see the Orange & Rockland outage map, click HERE.

How do you feel Orange & Rockland has responded to the freak October snowstorm? Sound off in the comments section below.

More from Marla Diamond

    My sister and my 91 year old mother have been without power since Saturday, which is the second multi-day outage in 2 months. They have had to camp out at a friend’s house. This is not an easy situation for 90+ year olds, there are three living on their own on that street. Orange and Rockland’s response when notified of the elderly residents was this “Don’t think you’re going to get power any sooner because you have old people, take them to the hospital emergency room.” HUH!!!

    • KH

      Kathy Bowman, people may think you are exaggerating — but that is exactly what they are saying to people — some nicer than others…

  • KH

    They are telling us that our live wires in trees on street and hanging by a thread transformer won’t be fixed til Sunday Nov 6th earliest…..Before, they told us Wed, then Thurs, then Friday — Now Sunday if we are lucky!. A lot of us don;t believe a word they are saying. O and R has now issued 3 work tickets since Sat Oct 29. First one showed up as as closed – guys said didn’t see a problem. Second assessors said it was dangerous, and yellow taped the tree that takes up half the road — next day, computers showed that ticket closed as fixed. Now there has been a third job ticket issued (each time, we go to bottom of the roster) – the people who answer the phone there tell me the new computer system is screwing everything up and they hate it — that they can;t trust what they see on the screen. Oh, yes: I just found out today (Thurs, that the crew came out on Tuesday in early morning and fixed all our neighbors in our 13 house neighborhood — but missed the only downed tree with wires and dangling transformer, and our four houses — Town code enforcer came out and took pix, and was scared to go near the tree — of course the 13 children in our little neighborhood should be fine — they go outside a lot because it is warmer outside than inside! What is really scary is that if I had not called, the job tickets would have stayed as no-prob to fix, or all fixed now!

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