O&R: Outage Map Down; 67,900 in Rockland Without Power

Orange & Rockland's outage map is down with technical difficulties Thursday morning. The company reports 170,000 customers without power, including 67,900 in Rockland County.

Orange & Rockland customers looking for an update on power outages throughout the region will have a harder time finding one this morning.

The outage map on O&R's website is out of service as of 8 a.m. Thursday due to technical difficulties. 

In the latest update on power restoration at 8 a.m. Thursday morning, O&R reported 67,900 customers in Rockland County who were still without power and 170,000 in the company's entire distribution area.

So far, power has been restored to 52,000 O&R customers while the primary focus is on epairing and rebuilding transmission lines and substations. According to O&R, work is complete on all of its 17 substations and 21 of the 27 damaged transmission lines. Both were required to return power to the entire system. 

The most recent previous updates from O&R can be found here.

The following is O&R's explanation of its plan to restore it system.

  • Damage assessment on state, county and major local roads.
  • Reconstruction of the distribution system on state roads, followed by county roads. After that work is done, crews will be shifted to restoring circuits feeding critical infrastructure and services. These critical facilities include local governments whose operations provide essential services required by residents.
  • Restoration then moves onto critical infrastructure followed by the largest block of customers out of service, smaller blocks of customers and then individual customer service outages.
  • As restoration continues, site safety personnel are working to ensure public safety by securing downed wires on major roads.
Sick-n-Tired November 01, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Yes I found gas in Haverstraw but the station ran out shortly after I left. @CR I am being patient and I know this is a daunting task. This is the business they are in and have always been in. They know they will have days like this and should have plans to tackle these issues. As I said my complaint is not with the field guys, it's the people who plan this or in this case what they didn't plan for. If I saw the trucks out there dealing with this I would be satisfied. I do not see them at all. All I see is the town workers breaking their tails moving trees and the Verizon workers. Isn't this what we are all overcharged for every month?
CR November 02, 2012 at 12:20 AM
The Exxon on Kinderkamack in Montvale (across from Taco Bell) was just receiving fuel from a tanker.
CR November 02, 2012 at 12:24 AM
The problem is that in order to address the widespread damage from a storm of this magnitude, O&R would need to increase its workforce by two or three-fold (or more). This of course would increase our rates dramatically. Either pay for a workforce that sits around during non-emergencies, or do the best they can with the size they currently have. I really doubt that management is sitting around with their thumbs up their a**es doing nothing. It's always easy to blame someone else.
Sick-n-Tired November 02, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Really? Who is to blame, you or I? Maybe the guys who planned all the tree trimming this past summer so these problems would not happen. This situation is the result of reactive planning instead of proactive planning.
Tom November 04, 2012 at 02:26 PM
The tree blocking William Street in Pearl River was removed by 6:30pm yesterday & no sign of an O&R repair crew as of 9:00am this morning.


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