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January 31, 2013

High winds cause problems around region

PLATTSBURGH — High winds and mild temperatures combined Thursday to cause havoc around the North Country.

Roofs were blown off houses, several communities reported flooding, and tree limbs were down across the region, some taking power lines with them. Numerous roads were closed, included the northbound lane of the Northway, south of Exit 35, where a tractor-trailer truck overturned.

But no major injuries were reported.

HIGH WINDS

Fire department and highway crews were busy all day, answering non-stop calls for help. Wind damage and downed tree limbs were reported in Saranac, Lyon Mountain, Dannemora, Morrisonville, Altona, Champlain and Black Brook.

Heavy winds tore down trees along Route 9 between the towns of Lewis and Chesterfield, closing that road just past 9 a.m. Thursday.

Lewis Highway Superintendent Eldred Hutchins said some 15 trees were blown over, some across highways, others on top of power lines.

“We got all crews out right now cutting," he said as the sun broke through a morning cloud cover.

In Black Brook, the supervisor's secretary, Karen Nelson, said problems were reported all over the place.

"Trees are down in Fern Lake, on the Golf Course Road and on the old turnpike in Silver Lake. All I know is the fire department is in two or three different places where trees are over the lines. ... The Fire Department is directing cars around the trees on the Golf Course Road."

At 11:15 a.m., trees brought down power lines on Route 9 in North Hudson, which were removed by North Hudson Fire Department and National Grid.

CITY STREET CLOSURE

In the City of Plattsburgh, Cornelia Street was closed between Draper Avenue and Beekman Street before 8:30 a.m. because of concerns about construction materials blowing off the new School of Business being built at SUNY Plattsburgh.

City Police closed off that section of street, and a large crane hoisted workers up to secure the rattling plastic sheet that covers the structure.

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