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February 25, 2010

Power still out in many communities

PLATTSBURGH — Power outages that continued into today kept utility crews busy.

More than 3,000 customers were still without power midday today as utility crews worked to repair outages caused by the huge snowstorm that hit the day before.

New York State Gas and Electric started today with 2,100 outages scattered through the Altona, AuSable Forks, Cadyville, Elizabethtown, Essex, Jay, Keene Valley, Keene, Keeseville, Lewis, Morrisonville, New Russia, Peru, Plattsburgh, Schuyler Falls, Upper Jay, West Chazy, Westport, Willsboro and Wilmington.

More than 1,100 National Grid locations were without power midday today, the majority being in Black Brook, with 853 outages. The Town of Schroon had 160 outages, with another 84 in Crown Point, 56 in Saranac and fewer than five in Ticonderoga and North Hudson.

Most were expected to be back up by late tonight.



SCHOOLS CLOSED

AuSable Valley Central School in Clintonville and Holy Name School in AuSable Forks couldn’t open today.

Power to the schools was later restored, and AVCS District Superintendent Paul Savage said he expected classes to resume Friday.

“It depends on the weather (overnight),” he said today, “but we expect to be ready to roll.”



STICKING IT OUT

Don Jacquish, director of Essex County Emergency Services, said crews remained busy through the day as they worked to restore utilities before the next storm hits Friday.

He said officials hoped to have most customers back in service by 10 p.m., though a handful of residents may not get their power until later Friday.

Luckily, Jacquish said, residents were able to bear the brunt of the wintry weather without county officials having to open any shelters.

No flooding or permanent road closures had been reported as of Thursday afternoon, he said.



WORRIED ABOUT WIND

As emergency officials coped with the storm’s aftermath, they were also gearing up for the next wave of precipitation, which was expected to hit overnight, bringing up to another eight inches of powder.

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