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Several thousand customers lose power in Southtowns

Utility crews have been dispatched to located the cause of an outage that has about 3,500 customers without power in the towns of Evans and Hamburg and surrounding areas.

“It’s all one problem,” said National Grid spokesman Steve Brady. “We’ve got a fairly sizeable line that feeds three substations in that area.”

Brady said the company doesn’t know yet exactly what is causing the problem with the line, which workers will patrol to find the disruption.

“We’re expecting power to be restored around 4 or 4:30,” Brady said, “with the caveat that they can get access. We’ve got plenty of crews to handle it. The challenge is getting from point A to point B. After all, we drive utility trucks, not snowplows. But they won’t just leave. They’ll find a way to get to it.”

New York State Electric & Gas also is reporting nearly 300 customers without power in the towns of Boston, Orchard Park and Wales.

The outages correspond with communities that also are being hit by the latest band of lake-effect snow, but were occurring in scattered areas.

– Melinda Miller