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July 24, 2013

Twin Cities largely recovered from severe weekend weather

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Tonawanda News — “We got through it in a lot better shape some other communities,” he said. “For some reason we got less rain. But the winds were still difficult.” 

The region at large also saw winds up to 66 mph, further complicating emergency response efforts in Niagara and Erie counties. Roughly 17,000 people lost power Friday night and Saturday in Niagara County, with 28,000 losing power in Western New York as a whole. All were up and running again by Sunday night, according to National Grid. 

Rowles said DPW headquarters lost its phone capabilities for three hours on Friday before fielding approximately 100 calls from residents in distress. He also likened the effects of the storm to 2006, with dozens of DPW employees directing traffic, clearing sewers and responding to calls throughout the evening and into the weekend.

“It was like a mini October storm,” he said. “The good news is that as of Tuesday many issues were already back to normal. We’re going to attack it the rest of this week. I’d like to tell residents to get your damaged items and debris out to the curb. We’re going to be there.” 

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