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RG&E Works to Restore Power

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Rochester: RG&E Works to Restore Power
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Locally, the storm knocked out power to tens of thousands of Rochester Gas and Electric Customers. RG&E attacked the problem and updated how long it is expected to get everybody back online.

As the remnants of Sandy swept through the Rochester area overnight, it left some 23,000 RG&E customers without power; 20,000 of them in Monroe County. Utility crews have been out since daylight and plan to work 17-18 hour shifts until all power is restored.

"The first thing they need to do is make sure everything is safe. Once they do that, then we go into assessment mode where we have to access the entire system to get a thorough understanding of the extent of the damage. Once we have that done, we can put our restoration plan together and start to execute it," said Dan Hucko, Rochester Gas & Electric.

That assessment found most of the damage and outages occurred in communities along the Lake Ontario shoreline caused by high winds coming out of the north.

"It's Webster, it's Greece, the city of Rochester, Penfield, Chili, those areas seem like they got hit hardest, I believe that's where the highest winds were, knocked down trees. We have a lot of poles down, a lot of wires down that we need to take care of," Hucko said.

RG&E says the storm resulted in 24 broken poles and 206 downed power lines throughout the Greater Rochester area.

Three of those broken poles were along a one block stretch of Stone Road in Greece. Power in that area went out around 11 o'clock Monday night. A large tree in front of this home was uprooted and landed on some power lines. That put added tension on those lines causing other poles to snap.

Those without power came out to watch crews work in their neighborhood. Brian Hooker of Greece said with school closed, it was an opportunity for his son Aiden to still get an education.

"Trying to teach him how everything works as far as the power system and stuff. Try to get him a lesson while he's got the day off today," Hooker said.

Others were taking pictures as a memory of Sandy's visit to the area, including Karen Cruz. However, the downstate native was more concerned for relatives in New York City and along the New Jersey Shore.

"They got hit really, really hard. Jersey, the Jersey Shore, half of it's gone I heard. So my heart's out to all the family and friends that are going through some bad times right now," she said.

RG&E says getting power back on for all will be no quick fix, adding that it could take days.

"It has the potential to be days because of the extent of the damage. There is that possibility and people should be prepared for it," Hucko said.

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