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Power still out for thousands near Lake George

Power still out for thousands near Lake George

BOLTON — National Grid crews were out in force on Sunday removing tree limbs and fixing downed wires to restore power to residents.

The town was particularly hard hit by Friday’s ice and snowstorm, which knocked out power to thousands of customers. Nearly 7,000 customers in Warren County were still without power as of 3:15 p.m. on Sunday.

Route 9N was among the hardest hit areas and portions of the road were closed.

Joe Burt, who lives on Trout Lake road, stopped at the Stewart’s across from the Bolton Fire Department for a caffeine fix. He had been without power for two days and then his generator quit.

“My backup generator failed at three in the morning, but I have a backup to the backup because I’m an Adirondacker,” he said.

Burt said National Grid was doing a pretty good job getting people’s power back on.

Burt, a Warrensburg native, recently moved back to the area from Colorado because the school is better in Bolton.

“I had forgotten how hard the winters are here,” he said.

Tami Malone, who also lives on Trout Lake Road, said this is the worst storm she has seen in terms of downed tree limbs. She has been riding around checking on neighbors — making sure they have heat and fixing generators.

“I’m born and raised here. I help my town out,” she said.

Her road became a thoroughfare as traffic was diverted from Route 9N for storm cleanup.

“I’ve owned my house for 24 years and have never seen that much traffic,” she said.

A resident of Bolton was buying numerous small propane tanks for a camp stove Sunday at Walmart on Route 9 in Queensbury.

She said her home lost power early Friday afternoon, and many homes already had frozen pipes because of the severe cold.

Bolton Fire Chief Robert LaGoy said only two people took advantage of the warming shelter at the station because he believes many people have a backup power source. Firefighters responded to multiple calls of downed tree limbs and power lines on the first night of the storm and a couple of accidents. Things have quieted down since then.

Elsewhere, in Saratoga County, about 2,750 customers were without power and in Washington County, 375 customers were without electricity. National Grid estimated that power may be restored to Warren, Washington and Saratoga counties by 11:30 p.m. on Sunday. Local emergency services officials said many outages will undoubtedly stretch into Monday.

National Grid had 145,000 out at the height of the storm, most of them in Saratoga, Warren, Washington, Essex and Hamilton counties.

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