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June 11, 2008

Oswego County Residents Urged to Use Caution in Wake of Severe Storms;
Pulaski Rabies Clinic Is Cancelled

Oswego County residents and people traveling through Oswego County are urged to use caution and avoid all downed power lines following a series of severe thunderstorms that cut across Oswego County on Tuesday.

High winds and heavy rain damaged transmission lines and left several downed utility poles, wires, tree branches and other debris. Patricia Egan, Oswego County Emergency Management Director, said the heaviest reports of damage are in the city of Oswego, town of Oswego, and the Pulaski-Sandy Creek and Lacona areas.

Several thousand National Grid customers are without power this afternoon across Oswego County. Interstate Route 81 is closed between Pulaski and Sandy Creek and traffic is being re-routed.

Egan emphasizes that people should not try to drive under hanging lines or over power lines that are on the ground.

The Oswego County Health Department has cancelled the rabies clinic that was scheduled for Wednesday, June 11, in the County Highway Garage on county Route 2A near Pulaski. The clinic will take place next Wednesday, June 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the highway garage.

She said there had been no reports of serious injuries but there have been several reports of property damage resulting from high winds, uprooted trees and downed tree branches.

She emphasizes that people using generators as a back-up source of electrical power must follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper installation and power usage. Generators should be operated outside and downwind of the structure to provide adequate ventilation and prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

“Before you operate a generator, make sure your electrical system is disconnected from the National Grid system by ensuring that the main circuit breaker in your electric service box is in the ‘off’ position,” said Egan. “In older electric service panel boxes, the main fuse box should be removed. This prevents your generator’s electricity from going back into the power lines in the street, which could endanger line crews and your neighbors.”

The Oswego County Emergency Management Office is working closely with the County Administrator’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office, highway departments, E911, fire and emergency agencies, health and social service agencies and National Grid, to coordinate storm cleanup activities.

Anyone needing emergency assistance should contact 911 or go to the nearest local fire department.

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