Reports flew in this afternoon (August 8) from nearly every municipality in Cortland County of trees and wires down caused by a severe thunderstorm system that’s sweeping through the region.
The first call to the 911 Center came in just before 2:30 p.m. Numerous more would immediately follow, pouring in within seconds of each other.
Several National Grid outages were reported minutes later, affecting a total of more than 800 customers in Cortland, Homer and Cortlandville.
The first outage is expected to be restored by 4:30 p.m., with a smaller outage just north of that area expected to be restored by 7 p.m.
The following calls came into the County 911 Center:
–Interstate 81-S, just north of Exit 12…Tree down, covering lanes. DOT assisting;
–Route 90 & Wolf Rd…Tree down;
–Rice Hill Rd…Tree and wires down;
–Clinton St near Railroad Tracks…Tree Down.
–N.Main St / Wall St…Tree and Wires down
–North Main Street…Tree Down on wires.
–Route 11 @ Bacon Rd…Tree Down across the roadway.
–Galatia Street…Tree and Wires down.
–Knickerbocker Road…Tree down blocking lane of travel.
–St Charles Bay Rd…Garage fire from tree falling.
–East Keeney Road Ext, just off Route 13…Tree Down.
–Fish Hill Rd…Tree down across the roadway.
A big kudos to the local first responders from each of these municipalities who jumped into action, along with the 911 Communications personnel who kept everything organized and limited the chaos as much as possible.
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