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Orange & Rockland Prepares for A Monday Night Snowstorm


Orange & Rockland (O&R) is preparing to mobilize its emergency response workforce in anticipation of a snowstorm expected to impact the region on Monday night. Crews are readying to repair potential damage and restore possible power outages resulting from the storm that is predicted to blanket the region with 4 to 8 inches of heavy, wet snow with winds gusting to 30 m.p.h.

A snowstorm, featuring high water content as this storm does, could pose a significant threat to electric service because of the increased risk its weight contributes to downing trees, tree limbs, and overhead electric lines — all of which could interfere with the safe, reliable delivery of electric service.


O&R company and contractor overhead line crews and tree removal experts, customer service operators, and the other O&R emergency response personnel will be activated and deployed Monday evening. O&R also will double the size of the company’s overhead field workforce for this event by obtaining overhead line mutual aid workers.

For safety’s sake, O&R warns the public not to touch or approach any downed wire. Assume it is energized and dangerous. Call O&R immediately toll-free 1-877-434-4100. Depending on the situation, you may also consider calling your local police to divert traffic from the downed wire’s location until an O&R crew arrives

For safety’s sake, don’t touch or approach any downed wire. Assume it is energized and dangerous. Call O&R immediately toll-free 1-877-434-4100. Depending on the situation, you may also want to call your local police to divert traffic until an O&R crew arrives.

Maintain a distance of at least 50 feet from downed wires and anything they are in contact with including puddles of water and fences. Supervise your children so that they are not in the vicinity and keep pets on a leash or otherwise secure.

If a fallen wire is draped over a car, do not approach the car and make rescue attempts. Remain a safe distance away and try to keep the occupant of the vehicle calm. If possible, emergency personnel should handle the situation.

Pole-top transformers — those small, grey-colored metal drums attached to the wires at the tops of most utility poles — also should be avoided when they have been knocked to the ground.


Portable generators pose a serious hazard if used improperly. They should be used and installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions. A wrong connection could feed electricity back through the lines and endanger our repair crews. Never plug a generator into a wall unit, use it indoors or set it up outdoors near open home windows or air-handling vents.


Have emergency equipment within reach — portable radio, flashlights, spare batteries, first aid kit, cell phone, and important medications. Keep O&R’s toll-free number 1-877-434-4100 near the phone to report power outages. Remember: if the base station of your cordless phone plugs into the wall, your phone will be unusable during a power outage

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