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Moriah weathers storm thanks to dedicated people

To the Times of Ti: This past weekend, once again our community, along with others faced yet another natural disaster. Our entire township was without power for most of Saturday evening and also Sunday. As I write this letter, we still have residents without power. Although we were dealt with insurmountable challenges with falling trees, freezing temperatures and 5,000 people with no power, the town of Moriah residents once again stood up to the challenge. Our fire departments and ambulance squads stayed on duty around the clock, with the fire departments providing food and shelter and assistance to many residents, from pumping out their flooded basements and providing generators for temporary power. The town employees worked tirelessly trying to keep up with the events as they unfolded, keeping the roads clear for emergency vehicles, checking on the homebound and elderly, and making sure that the water and sewer infrastructure continued to operate. We also dealt with what could have been a tragedy, carbon monoxide poisoning. Thanks to the quick response of the Ernest Fleury Jr., the Mineville-Witherbee Fire Department and the mutual aid ambulance system, this near tragedy was avoided. We as a community are very blessed to have the dedicated volunteers, town and county employees that serve the town of Moriah. Personally, I want to thank all the fire departments for their efforts and also for their cooperation in working as a team during this state of emergency. Also, thanks to the residents for being patient during this power outage and for making sure that their neighbors were safe. The power and tree crews worked day and night in the restoration process, and although it seems like forever before the power was restored, I can assure you that the crews worked in conditions that were overwhelming. National Grid kept in contact with me during this entire event, providing updates and also addressing concerns. During my many years in office, we have been dealt many weather-related emergencies, and as always the town of Moriah responds to the challenge as a unified community. Thanks to everyone that helped us through this, and know that each of you are truly appreciated! Tom Scozzafava Supervisor Town of Moriah

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