Outages spark interest in underground wires

As thousands of Westchester residents wait for their heat and electricity to kick back on, some are wondering why their utility companies don't switch to underground wires. State Sen. Greg Ball (R-Putnam) toured some of the hardest-hit areas in his district and is urging power companies to put wires underground. He says buried power lines are much less susceptible to wind and storm damage, and says such projects would also help create jobs.Officials from NYSEG, however, say that burying lines costs two to four times as much as above-ground wires. They also say the life of transformers is cut in half, and repairs become much more costly as well.Meanwhile, many residents of hard-hit South Salem have been going daily to their local firehouse, which is running on generator power. The firehouse has become an emergency shelter with meals, water, showers and dry ice available for affected residents.NYSEG says it may not be able to restore power to the area until Friday.Northern Westchester still shut down due to stormCroton-on-Hudson neighborhood still in the dark after storm62,000 in WC, Putnam still without power after snowstorm

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