Many days with no power perturbs Petersburgh residents

March 05, 2018 05:47 PM

PETERSBURGH - Friday's storm knocked out power to tens of thousands of people. Most residents in the Capital Region have the power back, but residents in Petersburgh say they're still in the dark.

Initially, every single resident in the rural, remote Rensselaer County hilltown lost power on Friday. However, 122 residents were still without power at sunrise on Monday morning.

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No electricity of course means no heat, no hot showers, no cooking. Many people do have generators, but not everyone.

People in the community say power outages are tolerable to an extent. They realize that storms happen. However, many people throughout the region are patiently waiting for utility crews to make the needed repairs.

However, residents are upset about a communications issue that apparently delayed the repair work.

"The biggest frustration is it took so long for us to even show up as being out of power. Seven o’clock on Friday morning the power went out. We called in to report it. At first, the lines were busy – which was expected – you know, big storm across the state. I was finally able to report it around ten o’clock in the morning on Friday, but it didn’t show up until Sunday as we were actually without power," explained Nick Cave of Petersburgh.

Luckily, Cave got his power back shortly after NewsChannel 13 interviewed him.

"We have a large elderly population here," noted Alan Webster, the Petersburgh supervisor. "We have a population where a lot of people don’t have high-tech things. They don’t have computers. They don’t have access to the internet and so that feeling of isolation just grows."

Webster says NYSEG has assured him people in Petersburgh can expect full restoration by the end of Monday.


WNYT Staff

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