Rick Miller/Olean Times Herald
A man walks his dog along West Five Mile Road in the town of Allegany this morning past water from Five Mile Creek that has flooded low-lying areas of a field.
By Rick Miller
Olean Times Herald
LITTLE VALLEY — Cattaraugus and Allegany counties dodged the bullet named Sandy.
At 10 o’clock this morning, just over 1,000 customers in the two counties remained without power. National Grid estimated all power would be restored by midnight tonight. National Grid said 489 customers in Cattaraugus County were without power in 25 sporadic outages, while two outages in Allegany County near Wellsville affected 585 customers.
A flood watch remains in effect until noon today, but Emergency Services officials do not see the Allegheny River rising past the 8 foot action level by midday Wednesday. Flood stage is at 10 feet, where minor flooding occurs.
“We were lucky,” said Cattaraugus County Emergency Services Director Chris Baker. “The storm turned a bit in the other direction. We were reporting sporadic power outages last night. There were a few downed trees. We were prepared. We shut down the Command Center about midnight.”
Right now, he said, “We’re keeping an eye on the river and waiting to see if the winds pick up again.” More high winds could topple additional trees weakened by Monday’s wind and rain.
Once Emergency Services crews are satisfied that everything is OK here, they’re due to be deployed downstate, where swift water rescue crews and boats are being called for. The New York City area was battered by Sandy, Mr. Baker added. “We’re not going to move our assets until we’re sure they won’t be needed here.” Area volunteers could head for the New York City area by Wednesday.
“Being prepared makes all the difference in the world,” Mr. Baker said. Planning started on Friday as storm forecasts centered on the Mid Atlantic states.
Cattaraugus County sheriff’s and Olean Police dispatchers reported no storm-related problems overnight,
Cattaraugus County Public Works Commissioner Joseph Pillittere, said few problems were reported due to the storm overnight. One road in the western part of the county, Flat Iron Road in Leon is closed due to water over the road. In the Town of New Albion, Mosher Hollow Road has some water across it, but was not closed, he said.
Meanwhile, in Allegany County Emergency Management Director Jeffrey Luckey reported trees down across the county after the storm, but no flooding related issues. Mr. Luckey reported no injuries overnight. “Nothing I could attribute directly to the storm,” he said.
Firefighters in Richburg were out on calls for downed trees most of the night, Mr. Luckey said, with additional power outages reported in the Clarksville and Whitesville areas.
“We had about 1,500 people out (without power) at 6 this morning,” he said.
By 10 a.m. Tuesday, National Grid and New York State Electric and Gas listed about 600 Allegany County homes without power, with estimated restoration times before 5 p.m.
The U.S. Weather Service is reporting the chance of rain each day through Friday. There is a chance of snow overnight tonight. On Friday night, there is a chance of rain and snow showers. It will be partly sunny Saturday with a high in the lower 40s, and Sunday is expected to be sunny with a high in the upper 40s.