Thousands STILL Without Power After Massive Storm

As snow clears, frustration moves in for those without power

View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print

    NEWSLETTERS

    Getty Images
    As the snow clears, frustration sets in.

    About 50,000 homes and businesses in New York still have no power as restoration efforts continue days after a slow-moving storm battered the region with heavy snow, rain and high winds.

    At the peak of the storm, more than a million utility customers throughout the Northeast had lost power. Most of the lingering outages are Central Hudson Gas & Electric's customers in the Catskills and Hudson Valley.

    The utility says some customers in Orange and Ulster counties won't get their electricity restored until late Tuesday, while others in Dutchess County won't get their power restored until Wednesday. Consolidated Edison said crews had restored power to more than 46,700 customers in Westchester County, and that only 3,500 customers remain without power Monday morning.

    Over the weekend, hundreds of utility crews doggedly removed trees that knocked down power lines and replaced utility poles that snapped during last week's storm, which is blamed for the deaths of at least three people, including one man killed by a fallen branch in Central Park.

    Dozens of shelters provided warmth and food at fire departments, schools and other places.

    Even after spending three nights at a shelter in New Paltz, N.Y., 28-year-old Keith Crum of Marlboro, N.Y., said he was understanding of the ongoing power outage. He recently moved back to the area from South Carolina, where he worked cutting trees away from power lines.

    "They're trying to do the best they can with the power,'' he said. "You got to take into account there are a lot of lines down.''

    Deep snow in New York has made it hard for people to get around.

    "A lot of people cannot honestly get out of their house and get to the shelters,'' said John-Anthony Bruno, executive director of the Ulster County chapter of the American Red Cross.

    "A lot of people are resourceful,'' she added. "If their neighbor has power, they go down the street rather than shelter with us.''

    In southern New York, the weather was linked to a death in Warwick, where a 60-year-old man was found dead after he went outside to shovel snow on Friday, said Walter Koury, the Orange County emergency services commissioner.

    The storm dumped more than 2 feet of snow in New York, paralyzing the city and forcing the closure of New York City public schools and many of the city's major universities on Friday.