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December 23, 2013

Hundreds still without power in Falls on Monday

More than 500 homes are still without power Monday morning following Sunday mornings ice storm.

National Grid is reporting that about 230 homes in the city's North End are without power and around 250 homes are powerless in LaSalle at 10 a.m.

Throughout the county, 3,885 are still awaiting the restoration of their power, according to National Grid's website.

NYSEG reports 385 of their customers in the county are awaiting their power to be turned back on.

Mayor Paul Dyster said Sunday night that city crews were out working with National Grid early Sunday morning to clear branches and debris as the work to restore power began.

Dyster said city crews will be out Monday to gather up any branches or debris not dealt with on Sunday. He said crews made it a priority to deal with tree limbs that had fallen on to city streets or into power lines. Any debris not in city right-of-ways are being picked up today.

On Sunday night, Dyster said two particular trouble spots were at 22nd Street and Willow Avenue and 89th Street and Champlain Avenue where power lines were entangled in trees.

It appeared the eastern portion of the county was harder hit.

In Lockport, power lines were down in a number of areas in the city, while tree limbs could found anywhere. Mayor Michael Tucker put out a travel advisory until 6 a.m. Monday, due to hazardous conditions.

”We got hit hard; there’s stuff down everywhere,” Tucker said Sunday evening. “Most of the city is still in the dark, there’s debris everywhere. You can’t go 50 feet without walking into debris.”

The American Red Cross, serving Erie & Niagara counties, opened a shelter Sunday night at the Rapids Fire Hall, Plank Road, Lockport, for residents affected by ice storm-related flooding and power outages.

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