State of Emergency in U S Northeast: Many Still Without Power
President Bush declared a state of emergency and authorized the use of federal funds to help New Hampshire and Massachusetts residents, the areas worst affected by the ice storm that ravaged the Northeastern US last week.
Crews have been working to restore power to residents left in the dark and cold since Thursday,
About 400,000 power customers in New England are still without electricity Monday after an ice storm ravaged the region last week, officials say.
90 percent of the customers of Western Massachusetts Electric were still in the dark as of 9 a.m. Monday, the company said on its Web site.
New Hampshire still had more than 150,000 customers without power Monday morning.
Officials with National Grid power in New York state reported about 67,000 customers without power on Monday.
The weather is expected to cooperate over the course of the next few days but temeperatures may drop again by Thursday.
National Grid officials told WRGB they expected to have most service restored by Wednesday.
National Grid covers a major portion of those affected in the area and reported this weekend that crews will be working 24/7 to restore services,
Restoration efforts continue this weekend after the ice storm on Thursday night that resulted in more than 500,000 National Grid customers losing power. Service has been restored to more than 170,000 customers.National Grid has mobilized more than 5,000 personnel, contractors, forestry crews and support staff in response to the storm damage. Crews continue to work 24/7 to restore power to the remaining homes and businesses. National Grid is receiving national support for the restoration, with approximately 1,000 line and tree contractor crews arriving from as far away as Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Washington, North Carolina, Virginia, Baltimore and Philadelphia. In addition, approximately 250 mutual aide utility crews will arrive from Ohio, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey to support the effort