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Hundreds of homes in county lose power due to gusty winds

March 31, 2016
By A.J. Rao ( , Westfield Republican

More than 1,000 homes in Chautauqua County were left without power Monday as gusty winds wreaked havoc on trees and power lines.

According to National Grid, approximately 1,850 homes were affected by power outages, mainly in the towns of Chautauqua and Ellery.

Steve Brady, media representative for National Grid, said wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour were responsible.

"We were chasing weather all day," Brady said. "We didn't have a lot of (large scale) power outages, but we had downed wires and poles here and there. Crews finished up a job and immediately scooted to another. It was a challenge."

In Dewittville, a large tree tipped over on Route 430 shortly before 2 p.m., forcing fire officials to block traffic from the Route 430-Springbrook Road split to Thum Road. National Grid crews were on scene responding to downed live wires.

In Chautauqua, a utility pole fell down shortly before 3:30 p.m. and stayed down for nearly six hours. All lanes of Route 394 between Potter Road and Chautauqua Stedman Road were closed.

In Lakewood, a large tree in the yard of a 2002 Big Tree Road home tipped over and barely missed the house itself. Lakewood fire officials responded to the scene shortly before 2 p.m. Main power to the home was shut down.

Brady said most county residents began to see to their power restored by 7 p.m.



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