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Storm damage causes power outages

SPRINGVILLE—The Village of Springville experienced downed trees and a loss of power on Tuesday, after a storm rolled through the area. Monday night brought rain and winds which knocked down trees, causing damage to homes, vehicles and power lines.

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“There were multiple houses with tree damage,” Superintendent of Public Works Ken Kostowniak said. “There were a lot of large trees … perfectly healthy trees that just couldn’t stand up to the wind.”

Both the streets and electric divisions were working to clean up damage and restore power around 1 a.m. Tuesday. From then until about 3:30 p.m., crews were working to restore power. Kostowniak said most power was restored to village residents by noon, though there were some homes who need inspections before having their power turned back on. Some homes where lines needed to be inspected or serviced were still without power Wednesday afternoon.

“Anyone who could be safely turned back on was on,” Kostowniak said.

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The southeast quadrant of the village was hardest hit, according to Kostowniak, including Main Street and Route 240. Both the Springville-Griffith Institute school district and Bertrand Chaffee Hospital lost power, but were restored by daybreak.

“It was a major operation,” Kostowniak said. “We had a lot of damage, a lot of trees came down.”

In addition to the Springville crews, Arcade, Akron, Salamanca and Spencerport sent crews to help with the clean up and power restoration.

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