October 23, 2021

Few fire, police calls received during high winds

Shenendoah Briere/contributing photographer

Cortland City police responded Monday morning to the intersection of Main Street and Clinton Avenue after strong winds blew debris from the Key Bank building at 1 N. Main St. onto a truck traveling down Clinton Avenue. No injuries were reported but the truck sustained damage to the windshield and passenger side.

Thousands of people were without power for hours Monday — some for up to eight hours in 20-degree weather — but emergency calls were mostly minor as winds gusting between 44 and 60 mph tore through the greater Cortland area.

“I don’t think we did more than six calls total,” Homer Fire Chief Mahlon Irish said Monday evening. The department responded to mainly tree branches on wires and low hanging wires.

Cortland City Fire Department officials said the biggest call they had for the day was an accident at the intersection of Clinton Avenue and North Main Street. Fire officials said that around 8:13 a.m. debris blew off the Key Bank building at 1 N. Main St. and struck the windshield of a truck that was on Clinton Street. Police did not identify the occupants of the truck, but said they were OK.

Other than that, officials said they responded to about seven calls during the day, mainly for downed tree branches and wires.

National Grid and New York State Electric & Gas Corp. reported power outages through the day as blowing winds took down power lines, including:

• 346 customers in two locations near Lake Como and Salt Road in Summerhill.
• 94 customers in Truxton, where power failed at 8:42 a.m. and was not expected to be connected until 5 p.m.
• 68 customers south of Blodgett Mills who lost power at 11:27 a.m., with restoration expected by 6 p.m.
• Two individual customers in Truxton, and two more in Scott.
• Five customers in Homer, who lost power about 3:48 p.m., with expected restoration by 7 p.m.
• 25 customers in three outages near Hinman Road in Summerhill.

About 1,100 National Grid customers were affected, said National Grid spokeswoman Virginia Limmiatis. NYSEG responded to 1,075 customers throughout Tompkins, Tioga, Chemung, Seneca, Cortland, Schuyler and Cayuga counties.

All power had been restored by this morning.

Mike Biviano, the assistant chief in Cortlandville, said firefighters did not respond to any significant calls either, again just calls for downed tree branches and wires.

Cortland County emergency dispatchers received a call at 1:57 p.m. for a roof being blown off a house at 5399 Lincklaen Road in Cuyler. However, Cuyler fire department officials said it was only a small piece coming off the house the homeowner had already known about.

A strong squall passed through the county this morning and snow is expected to begin Wednesday morning, continuing through the day, dropping several inches, according to the weather service. Slick roads and tricky driving conditions are expected.