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Hurricane wreaks havoc on area

Roads closed, power outages reported

Hayford Road in Ticonderoga was one of many highways closed by flooding and erosion during Hurricane Irene. The storm also knocked out power to thousands.

Hayford Road in Ticonderoga was one of many highways closed by flooding and erosion during Hurricane Irene. The storm also knocked out power to thousands. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— “It’s a real mess,” Kosmider said. “We have a lot of work to do.”

Roads were also closed in Hague and Putnam.

Randy Douglas, chairman of the Essex County board of supervisors, declared a county-wide state of emergency at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The declaration will remain in effect until Friday or until Douglas cancels it.

Fort Ticonderoga closed Sunday. The following day, Monday, the Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union was closed to deal with the storm’s aftermath.

The storm left thousands without power and left National Grid scrambling to restore electricity.

“A total of approximately 3,000 restoration and support personnel are ready to respond to what Irene leaves in her wake in upstate New York,” said Ken Daly, president, National Grid New York, during the storm. “Crews will be deployed as needed throughout upstate New York to address outages. They will be supported by hundreds of other employees who will be providing services such as damage assessment, engineering, logistics and materials, communications, lodging and meals and other key functions.

“President Obama has deemed Irene is an historic storm and states of emergency have been declared across the entire area we serve,” he said. “We have prepared accordingly; our crews and support staff are ready to get to work restoring service to and assisting our customers as soon as the storm passes.”

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