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Storm Update From Washington County Department of Public Safety
STORM UPDATE FROM WASHINGTON COUNTY, 3/14 @ 9:30 PM
As the snowfall continues to move out of our area, winds are still expected to be gusty (up to 37 MPH) through the night and into tomorrow. First and foremost.. we know it has been a very long day for our community members, our Town, Village and County DPWs, NYS DOT and Buildings & Grounds staff running clean-up operations, additionally our First Responder partners and Communications team members have been running alongside responding to and handling incidents throughout - THANK YOU to you all for your work for the many in our communities who depend on us all!
COUNTY OFFICES & MUNICIPAL CENTER FACILITIES TO RE-OPEN TOMORROW
Our County Offices & Municipal Center facilities are scheduled to re-open for business tomorrow (Wednesday), regular business hours. THANK YOU all for understanding our closing of facilities today to help keep the majority of our employees off the roadway and allow our Public Works and Buildings & Grounds team members the additional room and time to work cleaning up from the storm.
MONITORING POWER OUTAGES & RESTORATION ESTIMATES
We are continuing to monitor a number of scattered power outages in multiple areas of the county due to a combination of downed trees, wires and accidents. With the continued potential for widespread power outages, it's important you know where to find the latest, up to date information relative to outages and restoration times from your utility provider:
- National Grid US: ngrid.com/2NyUoLM - Currently 1,591 Outages - Report National Grid outages @ (800)867-5222- NYSEG: bit.ly/nysegoutages - Currently 1,686 Outages - Report NYSEG outages @ (800)572-1131
While National Grid has made significant restoration progress this evening, utility repair and restoration efforts by National Grid and NYSEG continue to be ongoing and multiple crews are working, however based on current status of significant power outages ongoing and the possibility some outages may last up to 48 hours in some cases, the following Warming Centers have been activated and will be available either until the time noted or until restorations in those areas have been mostly completed:
ARGYLE FIRE DEPARTMENT (JA BARKLEY HOSE CO)5072 State Route 40, Argyle*Open until power is restored or no longer neededEASTON VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY - STATION 111804 State Route 40, Schaghticoke*Open until power is restored or no longer neededFORT ANN VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY11289 State Route 149, Fort Ann*Open until power is restored or no longer needed
HARTFORD VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY8118 State Route 40, Hartford*Open @ 6:00 PM until power is restored or no longer needed
BEHIND HEBRON TOWN HALL / HEBRON VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY MEETING HALL3165 County Route 30, Salem (Hebron)*Open @ 6:00 PM until power is restored or no longer needed
MIDDLE FALLS FIRE DEPARTMENT1034 State Route 29, Greenwich*Open until 11:00 PM tonightPILOT KNOB VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY1750 Pilot Knob Rd, Kattskill Bay*Open @ 6:00 PM until power is restored or no longer neededWEST FORT ANN VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY49 Joe Green Rd, Fort Ann*Open until power is restored or no longer needed
WARMING CENTER NEEDS OUTSIDE OF THE ABOVE AREAS
ANYONE in immediate need of a Warming Center outside one of the centers listed above (or if that center is no longer open due to the majority of outages being restored) is asked to contact our Public Washington County, NY - Department of Public Safety Communications Center at (518)747-7520 Ext. 2, if you have an EMERGENCY, please CALL 911.
SCHOOL CLOSINGS & DELAYS FOR TOMORROW
Based on some current conditions, extensive outages and some lengthy clean-up operations, some of our community schools are giving their staff members and communities time for clean-up with delays in preparation to return to school tomorrow:
- Cambridge CSD - 2 Hour Delay
- Cambridge Head Start - 2 Hour Delay
- Greenwich CSD - 2 Hour Delay
- Putnam CSD - 2 Hour Delay
- Salem CSD - 2 Hour Delay
POWER OUTAGE SAFETY & PREPAREDNESS INFO
- NEVER touch a downed wire / line, stay away!
- Keep freezers and refrigerators closed during outages
- Only use generators outdoors and away from windows
- Use a flashlight, not a candle
- Do not use a gas stove to heat your home
- Check on your neighbors and family members and pets
- Keep your mobile devices charged
- Plan to have replacement batteries on hand
- DO NOT call 911 for Power Outages UNLESS EMERGENCIES exist- Have a plan to relocate safely if lengthy outages occur