8,000 still without power in Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 December 2013 at 2:12 pm

Firefighters pumping basements, removing limbs

Photo by Mike Wertman – The North entrance to Lakewood Village in Medina was flooded this morning due to an overflowed drainage ditch.

Widespread power outages remain in Orleans County about 12 hours after the brunt of the ice storm hit during the night.

National Grid reports that 8,590 homes are without electricity as of 1:55 p.m. That is nearly half of the power company’s 18,174 customers in the county.

Firefighters have been busy pumping flooded basements and removing tree limbs from roads, a dispatcher said from the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department.

All of the roads are open in the county.

“There aren’t any serious problems,” the dispatcher said.