Thousands Still Without Power in Snowbound Region

By Glenn Zimmerman
|  Sunday, Feb 28, 2010  |  Updated 5:53 PM EDT
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Nicole Scalzo and Amanda Scalzo

I just wanted to share a photo with you all! It was taken in Poughkeepsie, NY, Dutchess County. We still didn't have power, so my sister and I decided to make a lovely, comfortable Snow-Fa in the snow. That's how much snow we had! After being without power for 30 hours, and the house being down to 45 degrees...it was warmer outside! ;) Nicole Scalzo and Amanda Scalzo Poughkeepsie, NY

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Westchester Family Without Power for Three Days

The Clarizio's are getting by, but the electricity can't come back soon enough.
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For the Clarizio family in Greenburg, N.Y., power can't come back soon enough -- they've been without electricity since Thursday at 9 p.m. 

"We heard a  boom and that's it," said Maria Clarizio of the moment the power went out. "So we're sleeping with my fleece jacket on, three blankets."

Luckily they still have gas, so they can at least cook hot meals, even if they have no where to store their food.

This as utilities across New York are working on restoring power to thousands of homes knocked off the grid by this week's snow storm.

The problems were among their most severe in the Hudson Valley, where the Central Hudson Gas & Electric company reported about 85,000 customers without power Sunday morning

The utility said it had 1,000 workers out trying to restore service. It was also distributing dry ice in several towns.

Further south, Con Edison reported naerly 9,000 customers without power, almost all in Westchester County.

New York State Electric and Gas had said 14,000 customers had no power Saturday evening, most in Westchester, Dutchess and Putnam counties -- but by Sunday midday electricity had been restored to all but 4,000 households, the utlity said.

Elsewhere in the state, National Grid said 735 customers were in the dark.

Meanwhile nearly 2,600 northern New Jersey utility customers remained without power late Sunday afternoon, four days after a major winter storm hit the state.

But officials say many customers should have service restored by midnight Sunday, though some may be without power until Tuesday.

Orange & Rockland Electric says 1,488 customers in Bergen County were still without service as of Sunday afternoon., along with 1,100 customers in neighboring Passaic County.

Restoration efforts have been hampered by harsh weather and related problems, making it difficult for crews to reach some facilities where repairs must be made.

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