Utility companies to reimburse storm victims for lost food and merchandise

To qualify, you have to have been without power for 48 hours or more.

News 12 Staff

Aug 10, 2020, 10:28 AM

Updated 1,377 days ago

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If you lost power for more than two days because of the storm, Con Edison, NYSEG and Orange & Rockland Utilities are reimbursing you for losses to food,  medication and commercial merchandise.
To qualify, you have to have been without power for 48 hours or more.
Outage reimbursement forms:
Con Edison
O&R
NYSEG
Residents say they have been unable to perform simple tasks for days, like picking up medications from nearby pharmacies or keeping food fresh.
 "We have a refrigerator that's full of rotten food, but a freezer that I have managed to keep frozen just by not opening it up and keeping it well stocked and using dry ice," says David Quinn. "It's like maybe, you lose half of what you have."
While restoring power does take time, neighbors say they are still shocked by how long it has taken for crews to respond to the area.
"They understood conceptually that they might need back up, but it wasn't ready to go," says Quinn.
News 12 saw Con Edison trucks in Ossining Sunday, specifically around the Browning Drive area.  However, residents in the area say they're being told the lights won't come back on until Tuesday.
Last week the region had a bit of a reprieve from the hot weather but this weekend the temperatures started climbing again. Today News 12 meteorologists are looking at highs of 90 degrees.
Here are the outages as of 5 a.m.
Westchester: 19,149  

NYSEG
                                                                                
Dutchess: 37                                                             
Orange: 25                                                                                       
Putnam: 0
Ulster: 0
Westchester: 37
 
Rockland: 549                                                               
Orange: 701   
 
Central Hudson                                                                                        
Dutchess:  1 (in Beacon)
Orange: 4
Putnam: 1 (in Garrison)
Ulster: 22
 
Total: 20,526  
 
By Counties:
Westchester:  19,186
Rockland: 549
Orange: 730
Putnam: 1                                       
Dutchess: 38
Ulster: 22
 
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