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Con Ed: Restoration Underway; Dry Ice Distribution

Con Edison officials say it may be between seven to 10 days before power is restored in Westchester.

The estimated 171,958 Westchester County Con Edison customers still without power on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. may be in the dark for several more days, officials said this afternoon.

On a press conference call, John Miksad, senior vice president of electric operations for Con Edison, said the company is distributing its resources "to get the most bang for the buck."

In the county, "I would think it would be the last customers in a week or better kind of range," he stated in response to a reporter's inquiry about restoration times.

But he added later that a 10-day wait time could be "in the ball park" for area residents.

"We are talking about another storm of the century a year after the last storm of the century," Miksad reiterated.

To help expedite service restoration, Con Edison teams are being assisted by 1,400 external contractors and mutual aid workers from across the country—even as far west as California.

Con Edison will be distributing dry ice in the areas it serves, beginning at 4 p.m. today.

In Westchester County, distribution will take place at Yonkers Raceway (810 Yonkers Ave.). There will also be company personnel on-site to answer residents' questions.

"Instructions for safe handling and disposal of dry ice are printed on the bag for residents who pick up dry ice," Con Edison said in a statement. "Dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide and should be used only in well-ventilated areas. Keep children and pets safely away."

FJT November 02, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Over 40% of Americans don't have $500 to their name. And most who have money saved will not have enough to retire on. This is not the wealthiest nation in the world, as you've been led to believe. We're a debtor nation that's now printing billions out of thin air, and debt does not equate to wealth because the piper has to be paid at some point. I do agree with the rest of your post.
Paula November 02, 2012 at 03:54 PM
I just want to say that the power came on at 2am this morning to the Colonial Corners part of White Plains. It is just a relief because residents were told that it looked like they wouldn't have power until next week. I also want people to know that the gas situation is not as bad on Rte 1 in CT. There really are not long lines there.
Bjorn Olsson November 03, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Those problems are structural rather than stemming from a lack of wealth as a nation.Wealth is very unevenly distributed compared to other western nations, but most of the national debt is owed to americans, not to China, as some people seem to think. Lot of alarmist nonsense about how the US somehow is on the road to becoming Greece is nonsense, as soon as the economy starts recovering for real a lot of the deficits will evaporate. To return to the topic at hand: the countries surrounding the US on the wealthiest nation's lists that I know something about, certainly have their power lines underground for the most part.
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Elizabeth November 13, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Now that it's all over (pretty much anyway) which is better, dry ice or regular? I got the regular ice because I'm afraid of dry ice. I have been cooking ever since, it has kept things slowly melting, the way you are supposed to defrost anyway. We just ate chicken that has been defrosting for 11 days... not sick yet. Tastes perfectly fine. Even the chopped meat and beef stayed fresh. The pork chops? Pee Uuuuu! Waste of money... hope this never happens again, that's for sure.

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