Emergency responders bracing for power outages as storm arrives

April 15, 2018 05:56 AM

Emergency responders are bracing for what could be blackouts if the ice brings down trees and power lines.

Officials are urging you to prepare now for possible power outages.

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Flooding could be a serious issue for those living along the lake, but it could also hit you at home further inland because if your power goes out and turns off your sump pump, your basement could flood so the deputy fire chief suggests checking it now before its too late.

His team is monitoring the storm, with crews on standby to be brought in. 

He's urging people to prepare for power outages now, no matter where you live, especially since the ice could take down power lines and trees which is why power companies are rolling out crews early, staging them in areas expected to be hardest hit so power can be restored as quickly as possible.

Deputy Chief May of the Rochester Fire Department said, "stay inside because of down trees, downed wires. You can't tell if they're live or dead."

Emergency officials are also asking you to limit travel. Bridges will be the top concern because those surfaces will freeze quicker and to not park on both sides of the road because it will make it impassable for emergency vehicles. 

Remember if you have a non-emergency, you can call 311 so it doesn't tie up emergency dispatchers and responders. This would be to report debris, downed trees, or other non-emergency conditions.

Click here for RG&E outage information.

Click here if you're a National Grid customer. 

Click here for NYSEG outage information.


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