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Schools closed, power slow to return

MORIAH An ice storm ripped through the area March 8 and 9, closing roads and schools and leaving thousands without power. Although the storm ended March 9, the after affects were still being felt this week. National Grid reported more than 18,000 people without electricity at the height of the storm. Monday there were still nearly 8,000 people with no power. Electricity was still being restored on Wednesday to some people. Crown Point, Moriah, Ticonderoga. St. Marys and Putnam schools were all closed Monday. Schroon Lake Central School had a two-hour delay. Routes 8, 9N, 22 and 74 were all closed for a time on Sunday as were many secondary roads. Downed trees and power lines were the main problems. A state of emergency was declared in Essex County and the towns of Moriah, Crown Point and Ticonderoga. Shelters were set up to assist people without power. A state of emergency was declared in Hague, which is in Warren County. An emergency shelter was set up at the Silver Bay Association. Heavy rain on Saturday turned to ice. Power failures began at about 5 p.m. in Ticonderoga. Winds picked up overnight, ringing trees and limbs down on wires and sheering off tops of power poles. About 4 a.m. Sunday a main transmission line came down and National Grid customers from Westport to Ticonderoga lost power. Tom Corbett of National Grid said there were more than 200 crews working statewide to make power restorations Sunday. Most of those were in the Ticonderoga area, he said. In addition to outages, the storm caused havoc across the area, including accidents, downed power lines and trees and flooded-out roads and basements.

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