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October 29, 2012

Local officials: Expect outages

High winds and heavy rains may topple trees and cause power outages as the result of Hurricane Sandy, authorities said Sunday.

Area emergency services officials will meet today to review weather forecasts and possible storm-damage scenarios.

Flood watch and high-wind warnings are effective through Tuesday, the National Weather Service in Binghamton and Albany said, along with forecasts for spells of heavy rains.

Meanwhile, utility companies have been deploying resources to repair any damages, and American Red Cross officials have been urging residents to be prepared for possible power outages by having supplies on hand.

On Sunday night, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that President Barack Obama granted his request for a federal emergency declaration. The declaration will enable the federal government to provide assistance and resources to state and local governments to support activities related to evacuation, sheltering and other protective measures.

In the village of Sidney, Delaware County, preparations for facing the storm have been under way since late last week. Village officials have been meeting, issuing notices and reaching out to residents with weather updates and ways to stay safe during whatever factors the storm delivers, including power outages, the mayor said Sunday.

“We’re trying get residents prepared,’’ Mayor Andrew Matviak said Sunday afternoon. “We’re better to be safe than sorry.’’

Matviak said minor flooding may develop in creeks and streams but as of Sunday no major flooding was predicted from the Susquehanna River because of the pending storm. The village’s committee for disaster preparedness has been meeting for several days and will meet again at 1 p.m. today, he said.

At Amphenol, which last year closed for about a month because of flooding after Tropical Storm Lee, has taken pro-active steps by building a dike around the west end of its plant in Sidney, to prevent or minimize flooding, a union official said.

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