Day 3 of no power for residents impacted by windstorm that knocked down lines, power poles


Snowy, freezing weather is making for an even worse situation in Warrensburg tonight where some people have been without power since Wednesday morning.

National Grid says areas of Warren county were hit hardest during Wednesday's wind storm, which knocked out power for 42,000 people across New York State.

The number is down to 7,500 statewide, but a number of residents in Warren and Saratoga counties are still impacted by scattered outages, and are dealing with snow at the same time.

The wind brought down so many trees and power poles in the North Country, it's taking longer than normal to get the lights back on for everyone.

It’s the third day with no power for Rose Slemp and her dog Abby.

“It’s kind of aggravating that we’re going into day three,” said Slemp.

Wind knocked the lights out at her house Wednesday morning.

“Some of the neighbors have gotten answers we'd have power back on by 11:45pm last night, other neighbors are hearing they're not aware that we're out,” Slemp said.

She came to a station set-up by National Grid in Warrensburg to pick up water for her elderly neighbor in Thurman,” Slemp said.

“Thank God I have a generator, thank God I have a wood stove, but I have neighbors that have neither,” Slemp said.

James Farmer also came by to pick up free water and dry ice being given to affected residents.

“I have no other way to take care of meat in the freezer,” Farmer said.

He's worried about his pet back home in Brant Lake .

“I have a tropical bird. I hope I don’t lose it because I have no heat,” Farmer said.

CBS 6 spotted National Grid crews in the area and followed them through snow today, Friday. A National Grid spokesman told me power should be on for residents in Warren and Saratoga counties by 11:30pm tonight, tomorrow at the latest.

He said crews will be working round the clock to repair broken power poles and downed lines.

We asked the National Grid spokesman about the Thurman area, because we wanted to make sure technicians knew about the outages in Rose Slemp's neighborhood after hearing her concerns.

He told me you should call 1-800-867-5222 to report an outage because he said the outages are so widespread right now it's possible National Grid is unaware, especially if there are only a few homes affected in your area.

He said the information is then admitted into National Grid’s system to get technicians scheduled.

22,000 workers are out responding to the outages right now across New York State.

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