WXXI Local Stories
Sat July 20, 2013
Power Outage Restoration Continues
Rochester Gas and Electric officials say their crews continue to repair power lines and equipment impacted by strong thunderstorms Friday night and early Saturday morning. The utility says that a combination of high winds, heavy rainfall and numerous lightning strikes caused widespread damage including downed lines and broken poles.
More than 16,000 customers were without power at the peak of the storm. Greece, Irondequoit, Webster and the northern portion of Rochester took the brunt of the damage in Monroe County. In Wayne County, a lot of the outages were centered in Butler, Huron, Sodus and Wolcott.
R G & E President Mark Lynch says crews have been working around the clock. Barring further problems, they expect complete restoration of power in the Rochester area by 11:00 p.m. on Sunday and to have all power restored in the Sodus area in Wayne County by Noon on Monday. Officials say they made good progress on restoration efforts Saturday night with the help of outside crews.
R G & E said that as of 10:00 a.m. Sunday, they had about 520 customers without power in Monroe County and fewer than 2100 in Wayne County.
The utility is distributing dry ice and bottled water Sunday afternoon in Sodus, at the fire department at 14 Mill Street and at the Wolcott Fire Dept. at 6162 West Bay Road.