LEWISBORO, N.Y. – It could be several days before power is restored after violent thunderstorms swept through the area Thursday evening, leaving more than 1,800 New York State Electric & Gas customers in Lewisboro without power.
The power outage could be a “multiday event,” Lewisboro Deputy Supervisor Peter DeLucia said was the word from NYSEG officials.
“We are trying to stay on top of this, and we have a conference call scheduled with NYSEG for Friday afternoon,” DeLucia said. “I’m told they’ll be sending trucks down from as far away as Plattsburgh and even Canada.”
The Lewisboro Highway Department was preparing to work with NYSEG line crews, DeLucia said. “But our highway department guys can’t touch anything until they know the [power] lines are deactivated, and NYSEG is the one that has to that,” he said.
NYSEG is bringing dry ice to communities that have been affected; in Lewisboro, it will be distributed at the town’s three fire stations - Goldens Bridge, South Salem and Vista, DeLucia said. Residents should call the stations to check on the availability of the dry ice, he said.
DeLucia also expressed worries about the town’s senior population.
“I am concerned about getting our senior outreach program going,” he said. “I have to talk to the Recreation Department about it and make sure we check on our seniors. Friday is supposed to be another hot day, and with the lack of air conditioning that could be a problem.”
DeLucia said seniors – and all Lewisboro residents – can go to fire stations and use them as cooling stations.
As of 10:30 p.m. Thursday, NYSEG was reporting 1,870 area customers without power; 1,344 are in South Salem, 426 in Waccabuc, 62 in Cross River, and 26 in Goldens Bridge.
The neighboring communities of Pound Ridge and Bedford seemed to escape much of the storm’s wrath, DeLucia said.