According the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, National Grid was performing service on a substation in Ellery Tuesday morning which led to a failure at that substation and left 1,451 customers without power.
The company had originally expected the outage to last roughly an hour. However, it was learned it would be much longer as the utility worked to set up a temporary substation. Officials said they expected to have power restored by roughly noon today.
Chautauqua County Emergency Services Director John Griffith mobilized a response plan to assist the residents without power. Reverse 911 and other forms of contact were utilized to inform residents of the situation. The American Red Cross set up shelters at the Maple Springs Fire Department and at St. Mary of Lourdes Catholic Church in Mayville to help residents who were without power, due to the cold winter conditions overnight.
Chautauqua County Emergency Services personnel will work in conjunction with local fire and emergency services as well as law-enforcement to keep residents updated and assist wherever needed.