Power outage affects Silver Creek area

SILVER CREEK – Residents, businesses and Lake Shore Health Care Center in the Silver Creek, Hanover and Irving area were all affected by a nearly 12-hour power outage.

According to the New York State Electric and Gas Corporation, around 3,700 customers were without power from about 10 p.m. Monday to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Lake Shore Hospital was also impacted. According to Scott Butler, divisional director of business development for TLC Health Network, power flashed on and off Monday night and early Tuesday morning, but the hospital’s generators kept the power on for patients.

“We have generator backup, so we did not experience any significant disruptions. … We never needed to transfer patients. Our generators provided all the power needed to keep our patients and residents warm and well cared for to the point where they would not likely have noticed there was a local power issue to begin with,” Butler said in an email.

At 6 a.m. the hospital was in-formed by NYSEG that the power would be off to fix the problem.

“We were on steady generator power from 6 a.m. until about 9:30 a.m. (Tuesday) morning. We did, however, alert local emergency service providers to divert any local emergencies to other area hospitals during that 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. timeframe just as a precaution. But, as of 9:30 a.m., we had canceled the diversion and were accepting patients in the emergency department as normal,” he added.

According to Silver Creek Mayor Nick Piccolo, the village was not as lucky with its generators working during the outage.

Piccolo reported the generator at the wastewater treatment plant worked for a while and then stopped. The generator at the department of public works building on Route 5 and 20 also did not work.

Piccolo said workers were standing by at the wastewater treatment plant, just in case. Water/Sewer Supervisor Herm Griewisch thanked his crew during a Silver Creek Village Board meeting for their work making sure nothing happened at the plant and that the village had water during the outage.

In addition, Piccolo said the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office was “very active” during the outage.

He said he was told the cause of the outage was the failure of one of the three line fuses at the substation, but NYSEG is not sure why the fuse failed.

Piccolo commended NYSEG for its work.

“NYSEG did a thorough job once the power was on. They drove around to see if there was anything to be fixed after the outage,” he added.