Saratoga Springs

‘It was quite a storm’

Nearly 30 trees down in Saratoga Springs; more than 8,000 in Saratoga County residents were without power
National Grid employees work on a transformer on Bensonhurst Avenue in Saratoga Springs on Tuesday.
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National Grid employees work on a transformer on Bensonhurst Avenue in Saratoga Springs on Tuesday.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — After Monday’s storm took down nearly 30 trees in the city, Department of Public Works crews spent Tuesday, and will likely spend the remainder of the week, cleaning up. 

Public Works Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco said when the storm began around 4 p.m. on Monday, a majority of the employees already left for the day. 

He called 12 of them back to clear city streets of downed trees that were blocking roadways. 

Scirocco estimates that as a result of Monday’s storm, the city will have spent $3,000 in overtime labor costs. 

“It was quite a storm,” he said. “Though it lasted only about 10 minutes, it created a lot of damage.”

The storm left more than 8,000 Saratoga County residents without power on Monday night, according to National Grid spokesman Nathan Stone.

Saratoga Springs police Lt. Robert Jillson said most of those without power were on the city’s West Side.

On Tuesday, Stone said power was largely restored to Saratoga County by the early afternoon. 

Despite power being restored, public works crews worked systematically throughout the city on Tuesday on the East and West sides. 

“Our guys were out all day and they probably won’t be done with cleanup until the end of the week,” Scirocco said. “There’s an enormous amount of limbs down all over the city on every street.”

He added that crews had to wait for National Grid to cut electricty to power lines before trees could be removed from them. 

Scirocco said the storm also damaged three of the city’s decorative streetlight globes, and one of the decorative streetlight poles. 

“We swept the city streets over the past few weeks and the streets were looking good,” he said. “This burst of rain and wind on Monday put us right back in the same boat, but we’ll deal with it. 

“Things should be pretty much back to normal by the end of the week.”

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