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National Grid works to restore power

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 December 2013 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

National Grid has many crews working in Orleans County, trying to restore electricity to residents after Sunday’s ice storm.

This crew is at work on East State Street in Albion. They are one of 20 crews that drove in from Worcester, Mass., to work in Orleans County.

As of 8:45 a.m. this morning, 3,275 National Grid customers were without electricity in Orleans County.

National Grid expects most of those without power will have it back on by tonight, but some people may have to wait until noon tomorrow, when the county should be fully back on line, said Steve Brady, National Grid spokesman.

National Grid has 2,300 field workers deployed today in western and northern New York, the area’s hardest hit by the ice storm.

The power company is using its own local crews, National Grid crews from other parts of upstate, Long Island and New England, as well as contractors and crews from neighboring utilities, Brady said.

They are backed up by several hundred support personnel doing everything from work planning to customer contact to organizing meals and lodging for out of town crews, he said.

The Village of Albion Department of Public Works marked off a downed wire on Herrick Street.