Elmira/Corning Regional Airport

City Officials Advise To Stick To Curfew

City Officials Advise To Stick To Curfew
Elmira (WENY) -- Severe structural damage has taken place all over the city and emergency responders are working with NYSEG to clear the roads.

"Our greatest concerns now are getting roadways open so emergency vehicles can pass and getting an assessment of how many structures were damaged and how extensively they've been damaged," said Director of Fire and Emergency Management Mike Smith.

A curfew remains in effect in the City of Elmira until 8 a.m. Friday. City officials are urging people to stay off the streets due to trees and debris  knocking down power lines.

"There's a lot of lines down," said Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli. "And so when you drive, it's dangerous, and at night, very dangerous. So stay off the roads especially in the City of Elmira."

People are shocked that a tornado touched down in upstate New York, but they have mixed feelings about the curfew.

"I think it's a great idea," said Larry Butters, an Elmira resident. "That's perfect. Nobody should be on the roads now so they can get things cleaned up."

"Everything stopped, it's not raining no more," added resident Thomas Pittman. "Obviously, people still need to get around -- we got kids and theres things that need to be tended to. I definitely don't think things should be shut down."

City officials say they will reassess the damage tomorrow to see if the curfew should be extended.

"Call our 911 center if you're able to do that should you see something," said Santulli. "We're going to have a lot of extra people out there tonight just making sure that we're well protected."