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The first day after the storm in Watertown. Photo: Joanna Richards
The first day after the storm in Watertown. Photo: Joanna Richards

Ice storm damage continues

Damage from the Christmas week ice storm continues to impact towns across the North Country. In many areas, cold weather has meant that the ice has lingered on trees and structures.

Officials in Franklin County say they've responded to six structure collapses in recent days because of weight from ice. Sliding ice on roofs has also damaged chimneys -- causing at least 2 dozen chimneys to topple or collapse.  Go to full article
Toronto, ON. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/msvg/5336969301/">Michael Gil</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Toronto, ON. Photo: Michael Gil, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

61,000 still without power in Ontario

Approximately 61,000 customers are still without power in Ontario, six days after the ice storm caused massive outages across the province.

In Toronto, about 48,000 customers are waiting for their power to be restored.  Go to full article
Fortunately, Walldroff's Farm Equipment in Watertown had power on Christmas Eve. Santa's taking a tractor this year. Photo: Joanna Richards
Fortunately, Walldroff's Farm Equipment in Watertown had power on Christmas Eve. Santa's taking a tractor this year. Photo: Joanna Richards

Some celebrate dark, chilly Christmas Eve but it's not all bad

Utility crews worked down to the wire last night to try to get everyone's lights and heat back on by Christmas morning. Most of the 70,000 customers who lost power during the ice storm had it on again by yesterday evening. But a handful of residents celebrated a dark and chilly Christmas Eve.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/timpeartrice/3244993795/">Tanya Impeartrice</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Tanya Impeartrice, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

St. Lawrence Cty back on its feet after the ice storm, but challenges remain

Power is back for almost all of St. Lawrence County. National Grid is reporting about 500 people still without power this morning. But the ice storm hit the area south of Governeur-- towns like Pitcairn, Fowler, and Hermon the hardest. And Emergency Services Interim Director Keith Zimmerman says it's the last one or two hundred outages that are the most challenging to fix.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rob_nguyen/11483736825/">Rob Nguyen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Rob Nguyen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vt. outages remain, but crews making progress

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Thousands of Vermont utility customers are still without electricity in northwestern Vermont, more than three days after an ice storm dropped trees on power lines or the heavy ice made the lines collapse.

As of late Tuesday, the Vermont Electric Cooperative still had almost 3,400 customers without power.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/vgm8383/2243954328/">vgm8383</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: vgm8383, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Power outages from ice storm linger in northern NY

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) Several thousand utility customers in northern New York may have to do without holiday lights on the night before Christmas thanks to last weekend's ice storm.

National Grid reports more than 6,200 homes and businesses remain without power on Christmas Eve morning. About 4,000 of the outages are in Jefferson County, with another 1,400 reported in neighboring St. Lawrence County.  Go to full article
NY State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says people should be "vigilant" about price gouging during ice storm clean-up.  (NCPR file photo)
NY State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says people should be "vigilant" about price gouging during ice storm clean-up. (NCPR file photo)

Attorney General warns about ice storm price gouging

As people across the North Country move to clean up downed trees and frozen pipes from this week's lingering ice storm, New York's Attorney General is warning about price-gouging. Eric Schneiderman says it's illegal for companies to charge "excessive prices" following an emergency.  Go to full article
State trooper Bob Smith went door to door to check on residents possibly without power. Photo: David Sommerstein
State trooper Bob Smith went door to door to check on residents possibly without power. Photo: David Sommerstein

Facing ice & cold, first responders go door-to-door

Some 2,000 utility workers from across the Northeast struggled to restore electricity in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties yesterday - even as ice-coated tree limbs kept pulling down power lines.

In St. Lawrence County, officials set up shelters in Gouverneur, Edwards, Colton, and Harrisville as residents braced for last night's sub-zero temperatures.

National Guard troops and state police went door-to-door to check on residents in the hardest hit parts of the county. David Sommerstein went along and has this report.  Go to full article
Ice storm, December 2013. Photo by Mark Kurtz
Ice storm, December 2013. Photo by Mark Kurtz

What to do for ice-covered trees

Trees and shrubs are bent and broken under the weight of the icy mix of rain, sleet and snow that fell over the weekend. So the topic of today's yard and garden conversation is no surprise.

Cooperative Extension's Amy Ivy shares what to do, and what NOT to do for ice covered limbs and branches. First, she says, do no harm: be gentle. It's tempting to try to knock the ice off a tree or branch that's bent low with ice, but Amy says that can do more damage, possibly even break the branch altogether. Her advice is to prop up a limb if you want to try and help.

There's no hurry, she says. Don't risk life and limb to do any yard work, it's OK to wait till the ice is gone and the footing is better for working. Waiting won't make things worse for the tree or shrubs. When you DO decide to prune broken tree limbs, she says, make a clean cut, and it's best take the whole branch.

Finally, she says, she'll be waiting till spring to tackle shrubs that need pruning.  Go to full article
National Grid using my backyard as a fix it shop. Photo: David Sommerstein.
National Grid using my backyard as a fix it shop. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Power crews were prepared for an Ice Storm '98 repeat

While many remain without power, and some people have sought shelters, this storm wasn't as devastating as the Ice Storm of 1998. But residents - and the power companies - were preparing as if it could have been.  Go to full article

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