Electrical tower falls in river, knocks out power around Amsterdam

A 70-foot electrical transmission tower slipped underwater near Lock 10 early this morning, knocking
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A 70-foot electrical transmission tower slipped underwater near Lock 10 early this morning, knocking out power to about 20,000 customers in the Amsterdam area.

National Grid workers are working to build a path over water so they can reach the transmission tower that fell into the water around 1:30 a.m. The tower fell as the result of erosion caused by an unforeseen path of water that formed after an abutment gave way during Tropical Storm Irene.

They were able to restore power to almost all of impacted customers, but about 300 people in Cranesville remain without power and are likely to remain that way at least until Sunday.

Because of the power lines that are now going into the water, officials closed Route 5 between Truax and Cranes Hollow roads for the foreseeable future.

Categories: Schenectady County

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