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Sandy leaves local mark at Peck's Lake

October 31, 2012
By JOHN BORGOLINI , The Leader Herald

Local residents on Tuesday were dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, whose high winds caused scattered damage and left thousands without power.

As of this morning, about 1,300 people still were without power in Fulton, Montgomery and Hamilton counties.

At Peck's Lake, 6- to 8-foot waves crashed over a dam and washed away rocks outside of the wall. Wind also tore siding off a lakeside building and move docks farther into the lake.

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Wellington Peck of Peck’s Lake picks up damaged foam used to float docks from along the shore of Peck’s Lake on Tuesday after the storm.

Peck's Lake campground co-owner Alby Peck said the buildings and dam around the lake weren't damaged too badly.

"It could have been a lot worse," Peck said. "When it let up in the night sometime, that was a blessing, because if it had kept on blowing like it was with high waves, it would have just damaged more and more and more."

In Caroga Lake, five trees rested on a house Tuesday afternoon, although the trees caused no significant damage.

Gary Gifford and his wife were on their back porch around 4 p.m. Monday as winds were whipping through the area. They watched as a tree line bordering their property and the Caroga Lake Marina and General store slowly come to a rest on their house's roof.

"The only thing I have is a broken window [on this car], and they were all lying on us," he said of the trees. "And it was just right. I think this El Camino broke the [fall of] the bigger ones. I can't believe it."

In Mayfield, Priddle Point Road resident Marilyn Salvione contacted National Grid after a storage shed held down by rebar was ripped out of the ground by the wind and was thrown nearly 15 feet into power lines.

"It more just toppled over and hit the powerlines, which stopped it," Salvione said. "Which is good, because there are houses nearby. And we were worried that someone might get hurt."

National Grid spokesman Patrick Stella said crews were still working this morning to get power back to the residents who were still without it.

As of 7 a.m. today, 1,123 customers were still without power in Fulton County, 131 in Hamilton County and 41 in Montgomery County. The Fulton County outages were scattered.

The towns of Johnstown and Caroga were hit the hardest in Fulton County, Stella said.

"All of our crews are involved in the restoration effort. That was really the area, especially Caroga Lake, that we saw the highest wind damage," he said.

Boulevard Elementary School in Gloversville only had power in about half of the school Tuesday. The school returned to full power this morning, according to a school secretary.

Elsewhere in upstate New York, utility crews in the Hudson Valley continued their efforts to restore electricity service to the tens of thousands of customers still without power in the aftermath of the storm.

Most of the outages in Mid-Hudson Valley are in Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties, where more than 100,000 customers remain without power this morning. Sullivan County in southeast New York had another 32,000 outages.

The power situation was worse on Long Island and in New York City and its northern suburbs, where more than 1.6 million customers lost power from Monday's storm. In all, some 1.9 million utility customers in New York state lost power because of Sandy.

Utility officials said they're still assessing the damage in many areas and gave no estimates on when they expect power to be restored.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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