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5-Hour Outage Hits 6,500 Home

5-Hour Outage

Hits 6,500 Homes

Crews Repair Equipment

At Goodyear Lake Dam

As temperatures began to plummet late this morning, a widespread power outage occurred, turning off the heat to 6,500 homes – a quarter of the properties in Otsego County – between NYSEG’s Goodyear Lake dam and up Route 28 to a half-dozen miles beyond Cooperstown.  A team of four NYSEG linemen worked at dam’s  power station throughout the afternoon, restoring electricity to the Milford Center area shortly after 3 and, finally, to Cooperstown shortly after 4.  A stop sign was jerry-rigged at Main and Chestnut in Cooperstown (inset photo at right), and sheriff’s deputies directed traffic at Cooperstown Commons and downtown Milford.  (Jim Kevlin/

Truck Hits Power Pole, Knocking Out Power To Downtown, Bassett

Truck Hits Power Pole, Knocking

Out Power To Downtown, Bassett

no_electricity-copyCOOPERSTOWN – Truck hit a power pole at the end of Beaver and Fair Streets this morning, knocking out power to some homes and businesses along Main Street, and resulting in Bassett Hospital converting to generator power for less than two hours.

NYSEG repaired the damaged transformer shortly after 10 a.m. and Bassett quickly restored normal operations, according to hospital spokesman Karen Huxtable.

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