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Thousands in Tompkins Co. Still Without Power

Written By: Tanja Rekhi
Thousands Still without Power
TOMPKINS COUNTY (WENY) -- Thousands of people in Tompkins County are still without power, after the strong storms ripped down electrical wires and trees.
     Neighbors say they heard their windows rattling from the strong winds. They say the storm was quick, but clean up most certainly will not be.
     "It was crazy at first and then it was done," said Cundi Davis. "I have four little kids and it was scary for them because they obvioulsy have no idea, but then it was done. Now, we still have no power."
     Cyndi Davis has been told power won't be fully restored until Saturday at the earliest.
     "So, I just packed up my food in my car," said Davis. "We'll probably stay with my parent's or we have lots of family in the area."
     The 911 center answered over 150 calls for wires and trees down Tuesday night.
      The damage has been keeping local companies busy, especially tree removal services.
      "A lot of uprooted trees. It's quite a mess," said Andrew Lampman, Lampan Tree Service. "Last week there was a lot of damage as well and that's what we're picking up on still."
     Across the state, close to 57,000 NYSEG customers lost power. Crews are still on scene working on restoring service.
     Downed wires are being guarded by NYSEG workers.
     "In many cases, the lines were still energized," said Lee Shurtleff, Director, Tompkins County Emergency Response. "That's a potential hazard for anybody that walks near them."