NYSEG estimates 95% of Broome County will have power back on Friday evening


Heavy snow caused trees throughout Binghamton to fall earlier this week, and with them took down power lines. (Tom Magnarelli/WSKG News)

NYSEG customers in Broome and Chenango counties are getting their power turned back on. NYSEG estimates that 95% of Broome County will have power restored by Friday evening. Remote areas should be restored by the weekend.

More than 16,000 NYSEG customers in the two counties still don’t have power, as of Thursday afternoon. But that’s an improvement from the morning; 6,000 customers had their power restored during the day.

This comes after roughly half of all Broome County residents experienced a power outage following Tuesday’s snowstorm. County Executive Jason Garnar said that could be a record number of outages. The county is still trying to get dry ice for those who need it. Garnar said they distributed 15,000 pounds of dry ice Wednesday.

“As soon as we delivered it, it was gone,” Garnar said. “I did a distribution of dry ice to Glen Aubrey several times and each time, basically as we were getting it off the truck, people were getting it.”

Around 8,000 pounds of dry ice was distributed Thursday morning and 17,000 pounds is expected in the afternoon. Two-thousand NYSEG employees are working to restore power in Broome County. 

Significant outages were ongoing in the towns of Maine, Colesville and Fenton. A boil water advisory is again in effect for the Village of Deposit.