RG&E says it still is assessing conditions in Allegany County

BREAKING UPDATE: Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E), in its latest news release, says that it “will provide restoration times” for massive Allegany County power outages “once the extent of the damage is more thoroughly assessed.”

The statement, published at 10:49AM but dated at 10AM, conflicts with an Allegany County Office of Emergency Management Facebook post at 9:57AM, which we previously reported, saying that its information is for restorations by 3PM today.

The RGE report also says it has “more than 5,000 customers without power in its Fillmore division, which includes Allegany, Genesee, Livingston, and Wyoming counties,” which contrasts with its 4,869 power outages in Allegany County alone, out of 11,021 county services, as of the company’s online posting at this writing.

In its release, the company states:

“Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) is responding after strong winds impacted portions of its service area Tuesday afternoon, into the evening. Crews have made significant progress in the Rochester Central division, working to restore power to Monroe and Orleans counties.

“Currently, RG&E has more than 5,000 customers without power in its Fillmore division, which includes Allegany, Genesee, Livingston, and Wyoming counties. RG&E will provide restoration times once the extent of the damage is more thoroughly assessed.

“There are reports of downed wires and tree limbs and broken poles due to those strong winds gusts that exceeded 70 mph in some areas. RG&E storm response teams are fully engaged, including line workers and tree personnel who were pre-staged in the region ahead of the storm.

“Crews will continue working throughout the day to assess the damage, make safe downed wires, clear fallen tree debris from the roads and restore power, when it is safe and possible to do so.

“RG&E also plans to distribute dry ice and bottled water and will provide those locations and times as those items are delivered. The company is also coordinating response efforts with state and local emergency management authorities.

“RG&E also reminds customers to take measures to stay safe as the risk of fire, carbon monoxide poisoning, and other hazards can increase during frigid weather.”

The company then provides additional information in regard to safety and protection, with the full release available at https://bit.ly/41SLezG.

Allegany Hope Community News is requesting information from RG&E in regard to the conflicting information.

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