Tree Down in Greenburgh

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Lessons Have Been Learned From Post-Nor'easter Woes, Con Ed Tells Town Of Greenburgh

May 28, 2018 - 4:00 pm

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Con Edison recently delivered a presentation to the Greenburgh town board about the power woes that stemmed from the nor’easters back in March.

As WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported, all agree that the March nor’easters were brutal.

“Some of the residents of Greenburgh were out for over a week,” said Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner.

Feiner recently had Con Edison explain to the town board what went wrong.  The utility admitted that a glitch led to customers receiving incorrect notifications that their power had been restored.

Con Ed is changing its methods to prepare for the next storm.

“Enhancing their tree-trimming program; working with municipalities and residents to take deeper cuts out of trees on residential property to avoid property outages. Larger poles are being used that are more structurally sound and less likely to break or tip over in a storm.  Different types of wires, cables; which is more resilient to falling branches,” Feiner said.

Con Ed is also deploying smart meters that signal when a customer loses power. That way, the customer does not have to call.