PSNH Crews Work to Restore 140,000 in Wake of Devastating Storm
MANCHESTER, N.H., November 26, 2014 – PSNH crews are continuing to work to restore power to thousands of customers impacted by outages caused by wet, heavy snow. At 11:00 p.m. Wednesday, about 140,000 PSNH customers were reported without power due to trees, limbs and branches weighed down by snow and falling on power lines and equipment.
PSNH informed customers without power to anticipate a multi-day restoration effort, as the damage is significant and will require time to assess and repair.
Besides its own crews and dozens of in-state, independent, line and tree workers, the company will receive assistance from its Northeast Utilities sister companies in Massachusetts and Connecticut, as well as crews from Canada The first of those additional crews are expected to arrive in New Hampshire on Thanksgiving morning.
Safety First – Customers should never approach a downed wire and should be cautious of downed wires potentially covered by snow. Back-up/emergency generators can be very useful around your home or business. But, it’s critical to your safety and the safety of others, including PSNH electrical crews, that they be installed and operated properly. Guidelines are posted on theSafety section of our website.
Staying Informed – During power restoration efforts, PSNH uses a variety of communication tools to keep the public informed. Customers can follow PSNH on Twitter @psnh or on Facebook for real time updates. PSNH also uses a news blog, www.psnhnews.com, to post press releases, outage updates, and other important storm related information. Customers can also access PSNH’s outage map to see up to date outage information about their community.
Community Liaisons – During major power restoration efforts, PSNH deploys a network of community liaisons to interact with local officials in every impacted community. PSNH reminds communities of the need to designate a single emergency management contact to work with our community liaisons.
Public Service of New Hampshire, a Northeast Utilities company (NYSE:NU), is New Hampshire’s largest electric utility, serving more than 500,000 homes and businesses in 211 cities and towns. For more information, please visit psnh.com or psnhnews.com, and follow us on Twitter andFacebook.