Holley has kept the lights on after wind storm

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 March 2017 at 8:45 am

Alyssa Devault took this photo of a cracked tree on North Main Street in Holley on Wednesday. The Holley Electric Department was able to restore power not long after the big branch came down.

HOLLEY – While much of Orleans County has gone without electricity since the powerful wind storm swept through the area on Wednesday, knocking down trees and wires, Village of Holley residents haven’t been forced to endure lengthy power outages.

The village has its own electric department with about 1,100 customers. About 100 of those customers lost power short-term after the storm on Wednesday.

One tree came at the corner of North Main and East Union streets. There were 20-25 customers without power for abut 12 hours while village electric crews restored service.

There was another issue on Nelson Street that shut down a section of the village temporarily.

Matt Campbell, the Electric Department superintendent, said the village trimmed many trees last year, clearing branches from near power lines.

“We trimmed out our whole village and that definitely helped,” Campbell said. “We cleared are our lines back and I think that’s what saved us.”

Holley had help with the tree trimming from other municipal electric crews from Bergen, Churchville, Akron and Castile.

The village receives its power through a National Grid transmission line which remained in service after the storm.

Most of the eastern end of Orleans County – Clarendon, Murray and Kendall – have been in the dark since the power outages on Wednesday, except the Village of Holley.

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