Lights ON! All power restored to WNY

130,000 were without power during height of wind storm

April 08, 2018 - 7:39 am

Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - All the lights are back on and power has been completely restored to all customers in Western New York following Wednesday's damaging wind storm.  Both National Grid and NYSEG have restored service to all of their customers who lost service as a result of the storm.

Late Saturday NYSEG reported it had restored service to all customers affected by the storm that began on Wednesday, which at its peak, created more than 130,000 outages throughout the Companies’ service area.  Even after power is restored, customers will continue to see crews doing clean-up work, inspecting and making further repairs.

“We appreciate our customers’ patience and understanding as our company, contractor and mutual assistance line and tree workers restored power,” said Carl Taylor, President and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E. “We also express our gratitude to law enforcement agencies, fire departments, highway departments, emergency management officials and local officials that have helped us recover from this weather event.”

Numerous customers and media outlets complained that NYSEG was not communicating updates on restoration efforts during the storm and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz leveled criticism against the agency, which is under investigation by the Public Service Commission.

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