New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) says that those with flood basements as a result of the Tropical Storm Irene should take note of how their electricity and natural gas services have been affected by the high water and take the appropriate actions to ensure their safety.
NYSEG offers customers the following tips:
• If flooding of a home or business has occurred, customers should contact their utilities to have electricity and natural gas service turned off. Customers should never attempt to turn off electricity and natural gas service.
• Stay out of flooded basements. Energized wiring or outlets below the water line may pose a hazard; natural gas service in a flooded basement may also pose a danger.
• To have electricity service restored once flood waters have receded customers should contact their utility to discuss specific circumstances; a safety inspection by a certified electrical inspector may be necessary before service can be restored. Someone must be present for service to be turned on. The basement must be free of water and the electrical panel must be clean and free of debris. Customers and contractors should never attempt to turn on electricity service.
• To have natural gas service restored once flood waters have receded customers must first contact their natural gas company if the natural gas meter and/or regulator were under water. If any natural gas equipment (furnace, boiler, water heater, etc.) has been under water, customers need to contact a plumbing and heating contractor to have the equipment checked. Homeowners and businesses can then contact their natural gas company to have service restored. Customers and contractors should never attempt to turn on natural gas service.
To report electric emergencies and power interruptions, NYSEG customers should call 1-800-572-1131. To report natural gas emergencies, call 1-800-572-1121.
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