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Mount Vernon Begins 'Storm Hardening Initiative' With Con Edison

Mount Vernon and Con Edison began their storm hardening initiative on Monday. Photo Credit: Contributed
Mount Vernon and Con Edison officials are teaming to strengthen utility poles in the city. Photo Credit: Zak Failla

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - In an effort to avoid some of the pitfalls that have befallen Sound Shore during recent weather emergencies, Mount Vernon has agreed to work with Con Edison to prepare the city for the next great storm to hit the East Coast.

Beginning on Monday, Mount Vernon began its “storm hardening initiative,” where they will team with Con Edison to modernize the electrical system throughout the city to toughen defenses against future storms.

In recent years, Westchester County has been amongst the hardest hit areas by extreme weather, with lengthy power outages and extended infrastructure issues following Hurricanes Irene and Sandy.

As part of the storm hardening initiative, Con Edison will install 84 new, stronger utility polices that have been reinforced to stand up to the wrath of Mother Nature. According to officials, “the new poles will employ smarter technology that minimizes outages, while improving system reliability.”

Additionally, the upgraded system will “provide additional power sources, so in the event of a power outage, the number of households without power will be decreased by at least 60 percent.”

After lengthy discussions, work began in earnest on the system on Monday. The project is expected to be completed within four to six months.

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