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Friday night winds, rain topple trees, kill power

May 7, 2018
By GLYNIS HART and PETER CROWLEY - For the News ( , Lake Placid News

SARANAC LAKE - High winds whipped through the area during thunderstorms Friday evening, May 4, knocking trees and power lines down and leaving many without electricity. This morning only around 60 National Grid customers remained without power.

Five National Grid trucks with cherry pickers overnighted at the Saranac Lake Mobil station on Broadway before heading out to Vermontville early Sunday morning to restore power. By nine a.m. they were back and, after a brief pit stop, headed north.

Saranac Lake firefighters responded to 18 storm-related 911 calls Friday night as the winds took down trees, power lines and telephone lines. Damage occurred mainly in the village in and around Lake Clear.

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Wind storm damage at Norton Road on the Lake Clear outlet. Residents on the road lost power when at least 10 trees fell, taking out three power poles.
(News photo — Glynis Hart)

Tupper Lake firefighters reported that between 6:50 p.m to 10:30 p.m. Friday night, they answered approximately 18 calls for power lines/trees down blocking roads along with snapped power poles. Also, due to a power outage in the village, they assisted with traffic control. Saturday afternoon they responded to two more calls of trees down/power lines down.

On Monday morning, Marc Staves, Tupper Lake's electricity supervisor, said all the municipal electric company's customers were back online. A few customers were operating on temporary connections, he said, and can expect to see electricians coming out to make the fixes permanent.

Lake Placid firefighters answered 12 storm-related calls between 7:14 p.m. Friday and 11:02 a.m. Saturday. They were also able to send trucks to Tupper Lake to assist with storm-related damage.

Power around Tupper Lake, Mount Arab, and Hoel Pond Road near the Saranac Inn would be restored by 3 p.m. Sunday, according to the National Grid outage map. Homes also lost power in Onchiota, Goldsmith, Union Falls, Franklin Falls, St. Armand Town, Black Brook, and Saranac Lake. Overall, 517 National Grid customers were affected, with the most without power in the Wawbeek area.

NYSEG customers suffered more long lasting outages.

Essex County Emergency Services Director Don Jaquish said Sunday that 10,000 NYSEG customers lost power initially, but the "the numbers are diminishing" as some come back on line. "We're hoping to get 80 percent restoration by tonight," he said.

According to NYSEG's website, 1,051 customers were still without power Monday morning. Jaquish said the outages are largely in places such as Wilmington, Jay, Upper Jay, AuSable Forks and Keeseville.

The rest may have to wait until Tuesday, according to Jaquish.

Meanwhile, water was high due to snowmelt, but Jaquish said the only flooding in Essex County currently is on Moose Pond Road in Bloomingdale.



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