Strong winds create challenge for utility companies in RocklandPosted: Updated:
Wednesday's strong winds made it challenging for utility companies to make repairs in Rockland.
The storm left 8,000 customers without power.
"It was very hard to get around last night. A lot of trees down, a lot of roads blocked. Low-level flooding,” says O & R spokesman Mike Donovan.
Trees were down across the county – one completely blocked traffic in Rockland Lake State Park.
The crews at Orange & Rockland say they have certain priorities after storms like this, basically a list of what they need to fix first.
When a downed tree falls on wires, they say the line has to be “de-energized’ and then they go and untangle it.
The next stops include hospitals, fire departments and police departments.
Orange & Rockland says it’s important to just be patient.
About 90% of customers are expected to have power back by Thursday night.
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