Thursday, December 18, 2014

Damages from Sandy in pockets around Oneida County
By WKTV News

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - Damage from Hurricane Sandy wasn't as catastrophic and widespread as many feared it would be here in Oneida County. Certainly not as severe as in New York City or the New Jersey Shore. But for the few who didn't dodge the bullet, that fact is of little consolation.

It wasn't until around 9:30 this morning that a large tree, weakened by heavy winds overnight, fell onto the house, and into the kitchen, of the Olney home on Karlen Rd. on Lake Delta.

No one was injured. Only 5-10 feet south, and the tree would have missed the house entirely. The owner spent much of the morning on the phone dealing with his insurance company.

While damage was fairly minimal in Oneida County-mostly trees on homes and wires down in roadways-county emergency services personnel were ready for anything. County Emergency Services Deputy Director Gerald Pedersen says it's not wasted effort.

"Getting people prepared and informed is important. The stuff that we went through here as far as getting equipment and people ready that was very good training practice for us and when we have a heads up of an event like this is coming, if we had done nothing and something happened, obviously that's a lot worse," says Pedersen.

Potential injury and property damage were avoided in east Utica Tuesday morning as private contractors removed large, unstable limbs from around 30-40 feet up a tree behind Conkling School.