Cleanup following strong storm in Greece
Updated: Tuesday, August 27 2013, 10:29 AM EDT
Greece, N.Y.—Trees were uprooted, power lines toppled and thousands were without power.
For a storm that hit a small area, the impact was profound.
“The rain started coming and instantly I heard the noise, “said Sue Ling, of Straub Road.
A strong thunderstorm downdraft lasted only a few minutes that snapped trees and sent debris flying through the air, according to Ling.
“I was scared,” said Ling. “We live in upstate New York, not Oklahoma, so yeah, it was, it was unsettling.”
Greece Town Supervisor John Auberger said no damage was felt at town hall, but many homes between Long Pond Road and Elmgrove Road, south of Ridge Road sustained damage and possibly lost electricity.
“We will try to help them in any way possible from a municipality standpoint,” said Auberger.
“But we also need to get involved, especially with the clean-up operation so they can work through it.”
At 5 p.m. there were 1,200 Greece residents without power, by 9:16, just 236 were still awaiting restoration of electricity.