BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – More than 14 weeks have passed since Hurricane Sandy swept through Ossining and Briarcliff Manor, but Con Edison work and sporadic power outages could continue for two more weeks, officials said.
More than 80 Town of Ossining and Village of Briarcliff Manor customers along Long Hill Road East and South State Road felt the lingering effects of Sandy earlier this month as about a dozen customers lost power, Con Edison officials said Wednesday. Those outages were the result of temporary repairs from Sandy that did not withstand winter weather, Con Edison representatives told Briarcliff Village Manager Philip Zegarelli.
“There are more (permanent repairs) needed, and with this last weekend, we had some sporadic outages on those streets,” Zegarelli said, explaining that a transformer gave out during a storm. “Anyone should expect to see additional repair work as an item like a transformer may fail. They were damaged during Sandy and are back working, but they may be on their eighth life of their nine lives.”
Con Edison crews began work in December to repair several power lines damaged during the hurricane and the subsequent nor’easter. To restore services faster after Hurricane Sandy, crews made emergency repairs across Westchester County. Those repairs were temporary and cannot withstand further damage during winter, Con Edison officials have said previously.
"Con Edison has completed 90 percent of the post-Sandy repair work" in Ossining and Briarcliff Manor, Con Edison's Joy Faber said Wednesday. "The remaining work is expected to be completed over the next two weeks."
Zegarelli said he had been speaking weekly with Con Edison officials. But most of the repairs had been completed and the calls “have petered off recently,” he said.
“It’s largely repairs in the town or the village of Ossining that could affect some of the border areas of Briarcliff because the circuits don’t really follow political boundaries,” Zegarelli said.
“There are a lot of trees that were weakened during Sandy so anytime we have a new storm come in, it’s going to take down some of those trees. So Con Edison tree crews are out doing work and will be for a week or two longer, but a lot of those bigger repairs have been done.”