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Outages plague Thanksgiving prep

by Rachel Glaser

Monroe County, N.Y. - Heavy, wet snow brought down power lines across Monroe County early Wednesday morning. At its peak, more than 17-thousand RG&E customers lost electricity.

The first night of Chanukah and the day before Thanksgiving, power outages caused quite a few problems for families prepping for the holidays.

I've been cooking since last week, said Pittsford resident, Handy Gelbard. I'm expecting a fairly large crowd tonight and an even larger crowd tomorrow for Thanksgiving. Cooking for about 20 people, Gelbard said he started to prep for the two holiday meals a week in advance and put several dishes in his freezer.

Around 1 a.m. Wednesday, Gelbard lost power at his home and his freezer shut down. Gelbard said, That food that's all been frozen and waiting final assembly, that's still down there.

As the fridge temperatures climbed, thermostats inside homes without power dropped. Rich Forbes said, I was hoping it was just so interment thing that happens once in a while but it got cold. About 50-degrees inside his Pittsford home, Forbes said he was freezing while his Thanksgiving dishes were melting.

There are a couple of pies and cakes that we were going to take my in-laws house and thats not going to happen, Forbes said.

RG&E had 120 crews out working to restore power and as 6 p.m. Wednesday, 101 homes in Monroe County were without power. According to the company spokesperson, power to all its customers should be restored by 6 a.m. Thursday.

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