Before Ida, Henri or Elsa, there was Isaias.
Those who live in eastern Dutchess, in particular, will surely remember this. But, a fix announced this week could help prevent issues similar to those experienced the first week of August 2020, when Tropical Storm Isaias hit the Central Hudson region.
Over 72,000 homes in Dutchess alone have lost electricity. While many were restored to service the next day, more than 10,000 were still waiting three days later, and about two-thirds of them were New York State electricity and gas customers in the east. by Dutchess.
The problem, the company said at the time, was a large amount of damage to utility poles in remote rural areas.
Pawling Town supervisor James Schmitt said the NYSEG “was seriously underperforming,” which he said had happened every time the area had a major event.
NYSEG this week announced a project that “will bring increased reliability to more than 4,600 customers in the town of Pawling,” in which it moves a section of a circuit “from a heavily forested and inaccessible area, to the shoulder of the northbound side of Highway 22. The project also includes the replacement of 14 poles and tree pruning, with provisional completion scheduled for late October.
“Relocating the circuit out of a heavily forested area will significantly reduce the number of outages experienced by Pawling customers due to tree damage,” said Richard Schmoll, NYSEG project manager, Brewster Electric Operations, in a statement.
Schmitt was also quoted in the statement, saying that “NYSEG has been a great partner for the Town of Pawling”, noting that the work “will provide even more reliable service to a vital area.”
NYSEG in January was also fined $ 1.5 million by the State Civil Service Commission, the maximum sentence allowed, for its response to Isaias in the region. Several electricity and internet companies were fined millions in the wake of the storm.