Nor’easter wreaks havoc on area

Published Mar 3, 2018 at 12:00pm

About 75 customers in Rome remain without power as of this morning, according to National Grid. The snow that blasted Rome and the surrounding area has tapered off and little more is expected this weekend, according to forecasts.

“A field force of nearly 1,500 workers made significant progress in hazardous conditions over the last 24 hours to successfully restore power to 82 percent of the nearly 160,000 customers impacted by the powerful nor’easter,” National Grid stated. “Crews have been working around the clock – through sustained high winds and heavy, wet snow – removing downed trees, tree limbs, and other hazards, so that they could replace poles and rebuild circuits after the storm’s devastation. The treacherous weather conditions and resulting heavy snow on trees continue to cause new power outages in pockets of our region.”

Hit hardest, it noted, were the Southern Tier, the Mohawk Valley and portions of central and eastern New York.

In Oneida County, National Grid was reporting about 160 outages affecting a total of about 2,240 customers as of 9:15 this morning.

Rome was hit with 14 inches of snow or more Friday. The forecast calls for snow flurries today and Sunday, then cloudy but clear weather Monday and Tuesday.

On Friday, Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo issued a state of emergency at 11 a.m., a snow emergency at 1 p.m. banning on-street parking and a ban on non-essential travel from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. All those conditions have been lifted, she said this morning.

“There are still some situations with downed wires this morning,” Izzo said, but overall the storm’s effects were addressed. The fire department set a record for 149 calls for service in one day on Friday, she noted, and extra manpower was called in to help. “Every time you turned around you had tree limbs or power lines (down). It was a dangerous situation.”

Izzo said she was pleased with the response. “Our departments as far as cooperation is concerned, did an outstanding job.” Department heads put employees wherever help was needed, even if it meant assisting another department, she noted. “We did what we had to do.”

Mayor Izzo and a team of city officials met Friday at 9:30 a.m. to go over the plan. “It worked well. We were very happy with the way it went.” She said she plans to have a debriefing Monday morning to go over what worked well and what needs adjusting in the planning process.

Centro suspended its bus services in Rome after the 4 p.m. outbound lineup Friday, but resumed regular route service this morning. Questions may be directed to Centro’s call center at 315-442-3400.

A state of emergency issued by Madison County Board of Supervisors Chairman John M. Becker was extended to noon today after being set to expire at 6 a.m. Roads were closed to those except emergency personnel and others performing activities to save lives, prevent injury or protect property.

There was no update regarding when Oneida County’s state of emergency would be lifted.