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October 30, 2012

Crews brace for Sandy's wrath

Public works and emergency crews were on standby, with equipment readied to tackle storm damages, several municipal officials said Monday.

More than 3,775 customers were without power at about 8:30 p.m. Monday in Otsego, Delaware, Schoharie and Chenango counties, according to New York State Electric and Gas Corp.

Hurricane Sandy was downgraded to a tropical storm late Monday. But in the area, high-wind warnings continued into overnight hours. That meant watching and waiting, several municipal officials said, with expectations for wind damages rather than flooding problems.

Several officials wondered aloud about possible impacts, especially because this storm was delivering gales from the east in area that typically is subjected to winds from the west.

“It’s not very east to target where the wind will affect things,’’ Oneonta town supervisor Robert Wood said.

Town of Oneonta employees were on call for storm response and had filled truck gasoline tanks and readied chainsaws, Wood said.

Town officials met with West Oneonta Fire Department crews to prepare, he said, and the town also was in contact with Otsego County emergency officials and NYSEG. NYSEG indicated its priority of responses would be hospital, institutions, government buildings and services to multiple users, Wood said.

An Oneonta town constable would be on patrol Monday night and early today, looking for storm damages, Wood said.

Oneonta Police Department has put all members on alert in case they need to be called in, Chief Dennis Nayor said, and a sergeant has been assigned specifically to work overnight Monday.

By 8 p.m. Monday, the Oneonta Fire Department’s update indicated the heaviest winds would be between 9 p.m. Monday and 1 a.m. today. Crews responded to one incident of a tree down on wires and a building at AAA, 195 Oneida St. in the town at about 2 p.m., officials said. NYSEG was notified and the area cordoned off.

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