BATH, N.Y. (WENY) -- "Currently, as of about noon time, there was around ten-thousand electric customers in the county that were without power," said Steuben County Emergency Services Director, Tim Marshall. "So right now we're trying to work with the electric companies to establish restoration. But with the amount of snow that we've had, it's very difficult to try and get restoration in place."
For residents without power, Steuben County Emergency Services says to seek out friends with alternative heating sources, like wood or coal stoves. In the meantime, they're working with the American Red Cross on setting up shelters around the county. Currently there is a shelter set up at the Canisteo High School and and they're working on setting one up in Bath.
But for other residents, the snow creates other problems. The winter storm hit residents in Steuben County pretty hard last night and early this morning. Residents in and around Bath woke up this morning to a foot to a foot and a half of heavy wet snow. Making it harder for them to shovel.
"It's tough," said Bath resident, Edward "Mike" Flanagan. "It's a very, very heavy wet snow and it weighs a lot. It's a tough thing to work with because the bottom part freezes over and forms ice. Sometimes it's hard to get down to the sidewalk or the blacktop in order to shovel that away."
For shelters, please take a look at when and where they're being offered below:
84 Greenwood St., Canisteo - now open
Prattsburgh Fire Station - 17 Allis St., Prattsburgh - opening at 6:00 p.m.
A warming Center has been established at the Hornell Community Arts Center on Broadway in the City of Hornell which opened at 5:00 p.m.
Allegany County has a Shelter located at Alfred University McLane Center ( GYM )
99 n Main St. Alfred.
Livingston County has opened a shelter at the Springwater Fire Station.
Should residents be unable to make their way to a shelter on their own, they should call 2-1-1 for assistance.