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January 31, 2013

High winds cause problems around region

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The street had been reopened by 9:15 a.m. The same situation occurred last week during a day of high winds.

'GOOSEBUMPS'

Matt St. Clair lost power in his Rand Hill Road home at about 9:30 a.m. Some of St. Clair's neighbors were also without power Thursday morning, he said.

Shortly before 10 a.m., he was driving near 1500 Rand Hill Road when he saw a tree — held up by power lines — that was completely blocking the road.

"I was the first one that came upon it," he said. "I directed about eight cars underneath it."

He was hesitant to to direct cars, but drivers "were very persistent that they had to get where they needed to go."

"The power lines were carved into the tree," embedded in it, St. Clair said, and if they broke the danger would significantly increase.

He notified 911 and tried to help oncoming drivers. The first car to approach St. Clair was driven by an elderly woman who was taking her husband to the hospital. She told St. Clair her husband couldn't breathe.

Their car could fit underneath the tree, so St. Clair directed them under it.

Once a man arrived who said he was a former town employee, St. Clair decided to leave.

"I was very scared about driving under this tree," he said. "My antenna hit the tree, and I had goosebumps."

ROOF BLOWN OFF

At about 10:30 a.m., four employees were working in the front offices of Bailey Property Enterprise in Keeseville.

"We heard a huge gust of wind coming," said Trudell Ingbretson. "I thought the roof just collapsed."

Luckily, no one was injured, as the roof that blew off the building and into the back yard of the property was over a back office, Ingbretson said.

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