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PSNH line worker loads a utility truck headed for New York

Underground Line Crews to Assist Con Edison

PSNH line workers who specialize in work on underground lines will travel to New York City Saturday to assist Con Edison with ongoing power restoration efforts.

Recent winter storms have caused numerous outages after salt used to treat roads and sidewalks has caused damage to underground power distribution lines. The salt damage has resulted in outages impacting some individual homes and entire buildings.

PSNH employees are prepared to respond if the winter weather results in any power outages. Line trucks are fueled, and equipment and materials are ready if needed.

A steady snowfall Thursday is expected to continue into Friday morning, with accumulation amounts of six to 12 inches of heavy snow in some areas - which could pose a threat to trees and electrical equipment, possibly causing power outages.

Linetruck in snow

PSNH employees are prepared to respond if the winter weather results in any power outages. Line trucks are fueled, and equipment and materials are ready if needed.

A steady snowfall Thursday is expected to continue through Friday morning, with accumulation amounts from several inches to more than a foot possible, depending on location.

PSNH reminds customers that they should always be prepared in case of a power outage. Tips, including portable generator safety, are posted at www.psnh.com.

A series of strong thunderstorms worked its way across New Hampshire on Monday, bringing heavy rainfall and gusty winds to many portions of the state. At its peak last evening, the storm caused about 22, 900 customer outages in the PSNH service territory, primarily in the western central part of the state, western Grafton County, Coos County, and along the Vermont/New Hampshire border. Outages caused by the storm were almost exclusively tree debris related due to gusty winds, including 50+ mile per hour gusts in some areas.

More than 280 lineworkers and tree crew members are working this afternoon to restore power to PSNH customers impacted by a series of apparent microbursts that hit portions of the Granite State late Friday night.


As of 2:00 p.m. Saturday, an estimated 7,300 PSNH customers remained without power, down from a peak of about 9,600 customers at 6:00 a.m. Saturday.

Damaging storms overnight resulted in physical damage and scattered power outages around New Hampshire.

As of 9:00 a.m. Saturday, July 20, there are an estimated 7,600 PSNH customers without power.  Other New Hampshire utilities are also reporting scattered outages.

The areas hardest hit include the North Country, where crews are working to restore power to customers in Lancaster and surrounding communities.

We are preparing for the possibility of new outages associated with potentially severe weather. The forecast:

Noon Update

With the anticipated arrival of 75 two-man crews from Hydro Québec, along with assistance from crews from Texas, Oklahoma, and New Brunswick, PSNH is optimistic that substantial completion of the Hurricane Sandy restoration effort is in sight. As of 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, about 48,500 PSNH customers remained without power, compared to 137,000 at the height of the storm Monday night.

“While tremendous progress has been made to restore power, much work remains; however, with the expected arrival today of additional crews from Hydro Québec, we expect the restoration process will be substantially completed by Friday evening,” said PSNH Area Commander Dave Bickford. A town-by-town listing of when each community can expect to have 95 percent or more of its customers restored will be developed by PSNH and available Thursday morning.

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