UPDATE (9 AM MONDAY): Con Ed reports that it has restored power to about another 1,000 customers in Port Chester, knocking down the number of customers in the village without power to 1,283.
A sign of normalcy in Port Chester after Hurricane Sandy comes this morning as Port Chester public schools re-open, although many families are still starting their day off in homes without power.
However, Port Chester officials are hoping that work by Con Ed crews on a key electrical feeder line damaged in the storm could lead to restoration of service to another 1,000 Con Ed customers in Port Chester.
As village residents went to sleep last night, there were still more than 2,300 Con Ed customers in Port Chester without power. In Rye Brook, another 1,000 were without power — a total of nearly 75,000 without power in Westchester County.
Village officials said Sunday that Con Ed crews have made repairs to a feeder line to the King Street area a priority. These repairs could lead to a major power restoration.
As of Sunday,
- Medical facilities had power
- Emergency facilities had power
- All Port Chester schools have power
- All Port Chester polling places for Tuesday's elections had power
- Power had been restored to Post Road gas stations, and local stations were selling gas.
- All garbage pick up is set to resume a normal schedule on Monday
- The Port Chester DPW has fuel, with another delivery set for Wednesday
Today, Port Chester public schools are re-opening after a week off due to power outages and damage from Hurricane Sandy. However, there is a two-hour delay to today's openings.
Here were remaining problem areas in the village as of Sunday:
- Popular Street (near Lyons Farm, at Pine Place - Utility pole damaged.
- Clermont Avenue at Glendale Place - Utility poles damaged.
- Betsy Brown Circle at King Street - Hanging wires
- Lafayette Drive at Indian Road - Hanging wires
- Hewlett Place at Hobart Avenue - Hanging wires
- Harbor Drive at Shore Drive - Hanging wires
- Locust Avenue at Putnam and Halstead avenues - Leaning utility pole
On Sunday night, Port Chester Mayor Dennis Pilla said he fears that some residents still face extended outages. As a result, he distributed a list of sources for generator rentals.
"While progress is being made throughout the county to fully restore power, certain situations may still require additional time to resolve," Pilla said. "I am particularly concerned about these extended outages in light of the cold weather."
- Decker Tool 769-6800 Bedford 666-6622
- Rentals of Westchester New Rochelle 345-9002
- Durant Equipment Mt Vernon 663-6969
- Westchester Tool Rental 592-2016
- 24/7 Rental Generator 1 866 773 2646
- Generator System 1-888-207 2169
Port Chester firefighters have urged that anyone in the village who is using a generator as alternate power source to use caution in operating those generators. Residents and business owners are urged to follow safety guidelines to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning and fires.