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Spring snow storm socks area

CROWN POINT A state of emergency was declared in the area following a severe winter storm April 15. The Noreaster dropped a reported 17 inches of snow in Crown Point. The heavy, wet snow on tree limbs and utility lines combined with strong winds to disrupt electrical, phone, internet and cable television service to the region. More than 3,500 people were out of power in Essex County at the height of the storm, and Time-Warner cable-television service was not restored until Tuesday to most areas. Ticonderoga, Moriah, Schroon Lake, Crown Point, Putnam and St. Marys schools were all closed April 16, giving students an extra day of vacation on their spring break. Schroon Lake remained closed April 17 because of power outages. North Country Community College also canceled classes at its Ticonderoga campus April 16. The Essex County Government Center in Elizabethtown was closed, with only essential employees told to report to work. National Grid reported numerous electrical outages April 16: 293 customers out in Crown Point; 550 in Minerva; 188 in Moriah; 107 in North Hudson; 701 in Schroon Lake; and 421 in See STORM, page 14 Ticonderoga. Monday afternoon, New York State Electric & Gas had 4,500 customers without power in four counties in the northern portion of Essex County. This storm continues to play havoc with our electricity-delivery system, causing numerous outages across Clinton, Essex, Hamilton and Franklin counties, with the majority of system damage in the more rural areas, where snow accumulations exceeded eight to 10 inches, NYSEG Regional Operations Manager Mark Leta said in a news release. The storm dropped a foot of wet snow in some places, including the Essex County seat of Elizabethtown, but only a couple inches in others. County meetings scheduled for Monday were postponed to Wednesday, Essex County Manager Clifford Donaldson Jr. said. As part of pre-storm planning, Donaldson asked Sheriff Henry Hommes to have all deputies on standby and had Horace Nye Nursing Home Administrator Deborah Gifford ready to open the home in Elizabethtown as an emergency shelter for stranded travelers or people without power.

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