Temporary Shelters Set Up For National Grid Customers Left Without Power

This afternoon National Grid was performing service on a substation in the town of Ellery which led to a failure at that substation that has left 1,451 customers in the towns of Ellery and Chautauqua without power.

County officials have been in contact with National Grid as well as John Griffith, county emergency services director, to mobilize a response and assistance to those in need.

Griffith is working with the American Red Cross to ensure that shelters are set up for those not able to safely stay in their homes. Reverse 911 and other forms of contact are being utilized to inform residents of the situation. A news release from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office said Paul Kazmierczak of National Grid has told county officials they have contacted critical power users and are in the process of setting up a temporary substation to restore power as soon as possible. Power is expected to be restored by midday Wednesday.

Shelter sites are available at Maple Springs Fire Department and Mayville Catholic Church at 24 East Chautauqua Street. For information call 450-4336

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.