BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Everyone has their air and fans cranked up Wednesday because of hot temperatures, but that is actually leading to some power problems in the suburbs. As temperatures are rising, tempers are flaring in Clarence Center over hundreds of outages overnight and in the morning Wednesday.
One resident is outraged over the outages during the unbearable heat, because she says outages are a recurring problem in the area. She has an old dog who is struggling in the heat. The resident points the finger at NYSEG who she says have not fixed the problem over the last couple of months.
NYSEG said around 800 customers lost power Wednesday morning, and Clarence town officials say crews have been working to redirect power and they believe the heat and all of the air conditioners working may have contributed to the outages. News 4's Nalina Shapiro has also learned some of the problems may be from aging infrastructure. A NYSEG spokesperson says they will look into and let News 4 know details within a day's time.
With the heat, the concerned resident wants answers now. "Frustrated, angry, I have not got a call from the NYSEG supervisor, I have requested a call for the past two days from a supervisor, have not heard anything back. It's unacceptable, there is lack of service, lack of responsibility, lack of accountability in my opinion on NYSEG's part."
Western New Yorkers News 4 spoke with are doing whatever they can to keep cool. Nancy Rolando is using a spray bottle fan to beat the heat, which she would take over the snow any day. She said she would pick warm temperatures because the cold is eventually coming back to Buffalo. In the meantime, Nancy said, "you can take two showers a day."
Or sit in a cold air conditioned room, but can the power companies handle the demand? Maybe not. We got reports that thousands of NYSEG customers lost power overnight and hundreds suffered without power into the morning.
City of Tonawanda Fire Chief Charles Stuart said, "These are very extreme temperatures for our region."
Common sense will go far on hot days like these. Experts say drink about four bottles of water every hour when you're out in the heat, even if you're not thirsty.
Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein said, "It's very, very easy to become dehydrated in this weather and not realize how much water you've lost."
If you don't have a place to keep cool, remember there are three cold centers in Buffalo. The Senior Center at Richmond/Summer, Schiller Park on Genesee street and Crucial on Moselle Street will be open all day Wednesday to help keep you comfortable and safe.
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