REGION (WGGB) – A winter snow storm like the one hitting the North East today can cause strain on the power grid. Western Mass Electric Company has dispatched a number of crews in anticipation of these issues, and say they’re ready to hit the ground running should a problem occur.
Priscilla Ress, a spokesperson with WMECO says they’ve learned from past storms, and are ready to assist residents. Ress says that they’ve already implemented their storm plan, readying their tree crews to clean up any tree limbs that could break off due to heavy wet snow. She says they are the number one cause of power outages, and that once the snow gets heavy and wet, that’s when things get tricky.
Ress told us that while they are anticipating a few outages, they want to ensure the public that their system is built to handle snow. She added that while so far there are no reported outages, things might get tough in the Berkshires, as that’s where the heaviest snowfall is expected.
Should you experience a power outage, WMECO asks that you call them directly to report it at 877-OK-WMECO or 877-659-6326. If you spot a downed line, you are advised not to go near it, as it could still be live, and would be dangerous. Once you’ve called WMECO, sit tight, and make sure that you are using any emergency generators responsibly, and that any exhausts are clear of snow to prevent carbon monoxide buildup.