Windy, Rainy Weather May Cause Power Interruptions
Residents advised to use caution during outdoor Halloween activities
Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation advises local residents to be prepared for potentially strong, gusty winds forecasted to accompany the heavy rains today and tonight with the possibility of embedded thunderstorms and lightning, and strong winds continuing through early Friday. These conditions could cause electric service interruptions.
“Our customers should be prepared for the possibility of stormy weather conditions today,” said Paul E. Haering, Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations at Central Hudson. “We are readying equipment and crews in the event of power interruptions, and our customers should also take precautions, as well, particularly tonight as children and families may be outdoors for Halloween.
“Windy conditions could cause trees and limbs to fall onto power lines, creating a potential hazard,” said Haering. He stressed that residents should stay at least 30 feet away from downed power lines, and remember that lines may be entangled and hidden in fallen trees and limbs. “Assume all downed lines are live, and keep a wide distance from fallen trees and limbs,” he said.
Haering also cautioned that glare and heavy rains can impair night visibility, and wet leaves may cause slippery conditions. “Be especially careful when driving, particularly in neighborhoods where children will be trick-or-treating. Pedestrians should also ensure they are visible, for example by wearing reflective clothing and carrying flashlights.”
Haering recommended ways in which customers can prepare for the storm and potential electric service interruptions by:
· Paying attention to weather advisories, storm outage updates and/or shelter information;
· Charging electronic devices in order to connect with https://StormCentral.CenHud.com;
· Keeping handy a flashlight and fresh batteries
· Having a battery-powered radio to remain informed of restoration efforts
· Confirming adequate packaged or canned foods that require no refrigeration or cooking
· Avoiding opening a refrigerator unnecessarily during outages, so that food lasts longer
· Having a non-electric can opener
· Keeping an emergency supply of bottled water on hand for drinking and washing
· Filling bathtubs with water as added reserves.
Haering urged customers to keep safety in mind, particularly during power interruptions:
· Stay at least 30 feet away from downed power lines, and remember that lines may be entangled and hidden in fallen trees. Assume all downed lines are live;
· Never use outdoor gas or charcoal grills indoors, as they pose a fire hazard and over time can give off carbon monoxide gas;
· Beware of fallen trees and limbs, and use caution or traveling;
· Avoid the use of candles for illumination due to fire hazards;
· Follow the manufacturer’s safety instructions on the use of emergency generators, and be sure to shut off the main breaker when in use and operate the units outdoors;
· Operate cars and motor vehicles outdoors only, and never inside the garage; and
· Avoid travel along roadways as hazardous conditions may cause driving accidents, including those involving utility poles which may cause power interruptions.
Customers can stay informed of storm and restoration conditions in the following ways:
· By text messaging: Customers should enroll in Central Hudson’s Texting Program to use text messaging to report their power condition and to obtain repair status. To enroll, visit www.CentralHudson.com/Alerts or text REG to 236483;
· On the Web: Visit www.CentralHudson.com/Storms to report outages and obtain restoration updates;
· Via smart phones: A mobile version of the Central Hudson’s website can be accessed by web-enabled cell phones and mobile devices at https://mobile.CenHud.com. Free Central Hudson mobile applications for Android and Apple and are also available by logging onto www.CentralHudson.com/mobileapp;
· By phone: Call the Central Hudson PowerLine at (845) 452-2700 or 1-800-527-2714, and please use the automated system to report or monitor your power condition.
More information on preparing for storms and emergencies and communicating with Central Hudson is available at www.CentralHudson.com; for information regarding electric and natural gas safety, visit www.CentralHudson.com/Safety.
Next week, in conjunction with the Greene County Film Commission, a crew from HBO will be filming in the Village of Athens. The project is an upcoming mini-series entitled “The Plot Against America”, based on the novel by Philip Roth. Their tech scouts arrived this week (you may have seen them around the Village). Filming will be for one night (6pm – 7am), either Tuesday, 9/24 or Wednesday, 9/25. Please check our Facebook page for timing updates.
The premise is a reimagining of history in which Charles Lindbergh defeats Roosevelt in the 1940 Presidential election. In the scene they are shooting, a family is driving through 1940’s Pittsburgh when they encounter a military road block. Second Street will play 1940’s Pittsburgh.
Second St. between Washington and Montgomery, as well as several blocks in the surrounding area, will be closed off during filming. The folks from HBO will be knocking on the doors of residents who will be directly affected by the shoot to explain everything in detail. If you’re not at home, they’ll leave an informational flyer for your review. Here’s a map of the route they will take through the village and the streets that will be affected.
Please check back on Facebook for updates as they come in.
The Athens Village Board will hold a public hearing on September 25th at 6:30pm at the community building. On the agenda are two local laws which are currently available for review on the Useful Links page.
2019 Local law 5 establishes a supplemental commercial overlay zone on Second Street. The proposed zone will extend from Water Street to Church Street.
In addition to local law 5, we will be hearing public comments on local law 6. The purpose of local law 6 is to establish a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) energy program.
The public is welcome to comment during the hearing. Please come and share your thoughts and questions with the community. We look forward to seeing you there.
The Athens Village Board
On August 12th, the following message was posted to Facebook and to the Athens Community Board:
Due to a valve rebuild at the Dogwood Ln. water storage tank today, your water may appear discolored. Northdome is on the case and the water is safe for consumption. However, you should check your water’s appearance before washing any white laundry. Northdome and the Village DPW will be flushing the system tonight, you may see them in the area. Their efforts should resolve the situation within about a day.
It was brought to our attention today that a few residents are still experiencing discoloration. However, everything went according to plan and the water at the Dogwood Lane tank, the WWTP and Brick Row is all clear. Apparently the water is just taking a bit longer to clear in some areas of the Village and the issue should resolve itself shortly.
Again, the water has been tested and properly treated, so it is safe!
We’ve posted the latest information from Northdome on the current water situation to Facebook several times, but the post keeps disappearing. So, here’s what we’ve got as of Friday, 8/2/19… In short, the water is safe.
“We have made sure that the plant is producing clean water and have run extra tests to see if there is any way it’s coming from the plant. We have found nothing. The complaints started Tuesday on Schoharie Turnpike and have moved to the Village. On Tuesday we determined that discolored water was moving into the tank on Dogwood Lane, but was leaving the tank clear. On Wednesday it was clear going in and discolored going out. As of today still clear going in and slightly discolored going out. We can find no leaks that would be causing this. The water is safe to use. We have taken extra tests throughout the distribution system to make sure that the disinfection is adequate throughout. We will continue to monitor the situation over the weekend.”
In addition, the Village DPW is flushing a hydrant on upper Second St. that Northdome believes will assist with the situation.
Most importantly, YOUR WATER IS SAFE!
We’ll do our best to keep you posted as we monitor the situation.