Power out for thousands in region
REGION — Once again thousands of residents and businesses in the Upper Delaware Region are without power in the wake of powerful storms that swept through on May 15.
NYSEG reports that of the 46,041 customers it serves in Sullivan County, some 13,609 were without power at 9:00 am on the May 16. Particularly hard were: the town of Bethel with about 3,500 without power out of 4,580 total; Town of Cochecton had 428 customers in the dark out of 1,119; Town of Highland had 1,860 without power and only two customers retained power; Tusten had 1,295 without power, only four still had it; Town of Thompson had 3,555 dark out of a total of 7,920.
In Pennsylvania, PPL reported that about 20,000 customers lost power in Wayne and Pike Counties with some 4,630 dark in Honesdale and another 851 in Hawley.
On the New York side, many local officials testified after the damaging snowstorms in March when many customers went without electricity for six to ten days. They said the utilities needed to devote more money to tree and vegetation clearing to guard against multiple-day outages, which have become more frequent in recent years.
Statement from Sullivan County:
Southern Sullivan County remains under a State of Emergency until 5 p.m. today. County Manager Josh Potosek will likely extend that for certain towns until 5 p.m. tomorrow, and a press release will be issued when that becomes official.
We are also making arrangements for water and dry ice in particularly hard-hit locations and will announce when times and locations are finalized.
Our Emergency Operations Center is fully active, with representatives from the State, County, NYSEG, O&R and State Police on site. We are dealing with damage similar to what was experienced during the March blizzard, with the most severe destruction in the towns of Tusten, Highland, Lumberland and Forestburgh, where road closures, power outages and fallen trees are extensive.