Storm Damage in West Elmira

Storm Damage in West Elmira

ELMIRA (WENY) --  Thousands will spend the next few days cleaning up in Elmira and West Elmira after torrential storms swept through the Twin Tiers on Thursday.

Many of the neighbors we spoke with said the speed of the storms was very surprising.  Residents say loud pops and cracks filled the air before they saw wires and tree branches come crashing down.

Time Warner and NYSEG workers were dispersed throughout the city trying to get cable, phones and electricity back up.  Emergency officials say it will take a while before everyone has power again.

"I don't imagine we're going to get power for the next 24 hours, that's just a guess," says Randy Ziegenhagen with the Golden Glow Fire Department.

"We're out trying to see what we can do to get lines back connected to the houses," says Freddi Smith with Time Warner Calbe.  "It's pretty bad here."

The Red Cross has an emergency shelter set up at Elmira Free Academy.  As of Thursday night, a little over 50 people are staying at the shelter.  Chemung County Emergency Management is providing oxygen for those who need it, and the Red Cross has food and supplies.