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National Grid prepares for possible flooding, offers tips

National Grid is officially on flooding alert, according to a statement issued Sunday.

“We’re removing snow around our facilities and are closely monitoring substations and other parts of our infrastructure that could be potentially impacted by flooding,” said Ken Daley, National Grid’s New York president, who added that the utility has been “partnering with emergency operations centers, elected officials and municipal leaders to ensure key safety measures are communicated to our customers.”

The utility also issued several safety tips to residential customer who experience flooding, including:

• Stay out of flooded basements or standing water because energized wiring, outlets and appliances below the water line could be hazardous.

• To have electricity service restored after floodwaters have receded, contact an electrician to inspect your home or business to make sure it is safe.

• Additional flood-safety tips are available at https://www1.nationalgridus.com/Files/Western%20New%20York.pdf. To report outages or downed wires call (800) 867-5222. For general questions about safety and services, call (800) 642-4272.