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June 12, 2008

Town of Sandy Creek Lifts State of Emergency but Urges Caution

Sandy Creek -Town Supervisor Lonnie Crast lifted the State of Emergency in the Town of Sandy Creek at 6 a.m. this morning as conditions have improved.

The Town Supervisor emphasized people should still exercise caution in traveling around the town as the cleanup continues. “We also urge people who are coming into the town just to see the damage to stay home,” Town Supervisor Crast said. “Traffic is heavier than normal and that is impeding the work of emergency and cleanup crews to bring the town back to normal.”

The State of Emergency, which included the Villages of Sandy Creek and Lacona, was declared Tuesday, July 9, due to damage caused by severe thunderstorms that blew through the region. It was declared according to New York State Executive Law Article 2-B.

Some power outages remain in the area, and the town supervisor urged people to continue to exercise caution. He emphasized that people using generators as a back-up source of electrical power to follow safety tips provided by the Oswego County Fire Coordinator’s Office and to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. He also reminded people to make sure their generators are disconnected from the National Grid system.

For those who need it, potable drinking water is available for Town of Sandy Creek residents - including residents of the Villages of Sandy Creek and Lacona - at the Lacona Firemen’s Field Day grounds on Maple Avenue in the Village of Lacona, under the pavilion. The town supervisor noted that and containers over five gallons should not be filled there.

Town Supervisor Crast noted that many agencies assisted Sandy Creek during the past couple of days, and thanked them for their time and expertise. “The Sandy Creek and Lacona Fire Departments, Sandy Creek Highway Department, Northern Oswego County Ambulance Corps (NOCA) and other local agencies put forth a tremendous effort over the past few days,” he said.

The Town Supervisor also noted the response by National Grid crews was very good and said the town appreciates their work in restoring electrical service and communicating with local officials on a regular basis.

The agencies assisting during emergency operations included the following:

  • The Oswego County Fire Coordinator’s Office and the Sandy Creek, Lacona, Cody, Oswego Town, West Monroe, Palermo, Phoenix, Brewerton, Pulaski, Caughdenoy, Pennellville, Parish, Constantia, Ellisburg, Scriba and Minetto volunteer fire departments

  • Emergency Medical Services agencies including Northern Onondaga County Ambulance (NOCA), SOVAC, Brewerton, NAVAC, Rural Metro, and Oswego County Ambulance Service (Menter’s), as well as the State Health Department Emergency Medical Services Division and Oswego County Emergency Management/Emergency Medical Services

  • Sandy Creek, Orwell, Redfield and Boylston town highway departments and Oswego County Highway Department

  • Oswego County Emergency Management Office

  • New York State Police

  • Onondaga/Oswego Chapter of the American Red Cross

Town Supervisor Crast also thanked Walmart of Granby and Byrne Dairy (through the Red Cross) for their donations of bottled water for emergency personnel.

“We appreciate the efforts of everyone involved in the response and cleanup, and especially the efforts of town residents,” Supervisor Crast said. “We’re thankful that no one was hurt and that everyone has worked together cooperatively to bring the town back to normal.”

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