A Perinton neighborhood is speaking up after dealing with multiple power outages during the past year. Residents in the area between Route 31 and I-49 claim the outages are random and have nothing to do with the weather or trees. Rochester Gas & Electric says otherwise.
“It’s definitely one of those things that we’re used to in this neighborhood,” says Jeremy McBride, a resident of Blandford Lane just outside of Fairport in Perinton. He has lived there for 12 years and says outages this year have been about once a month. “It’s amazingly frustrating and probably the most frustrating piece is not knowing what’s going on.”
The outages last anywhere from minutes to an entire day. McBride is convinced most are not storm related. When questioned, RG&E says in an official statement “This area has seen about a handful of outages this year due to tree related outages. Some have been caused by storm debris and gusty winds which brought down additional lines and caused outages.”
Weather and storms are the number one reason for outages, but accidents nearby, trees, and even squirrels can turn off the lights.
Maria Martens complained to RG&E, telling us she’s dealt with outages for 30 years. “It seems like it’s getting worse to be honest,” said Martens. RGE says they are working to fix this, telling News 8 that crews have already removed additional tree limbs that may have been impacting wires. They expect work to be done within a few weeks.
Most of Perinton is supplied by Fairport electric, but this neighborhood is just one of a few supplied by RG&E. Residents wonder if this may have something to do with their priority when it comes to electricity. Many just want to know why this problem still occurs.
Most of the homeowners in this neighborhood have bought generators; some directly wired to their homes to prevent from what they say is an expected power outage.
RG&E Customers can report outages here.