Emergency Officials: Sporadic damage throughout Herkimer County

By WKTV News

HERKIMER COUNTY, N.Y. (WKTV) - Hurricane Sandy caused sporadic damage in Herkimer County overnight, with the worst reported incident so far being a house on North Main Street in the Village of Herkimer that was struck by several trees sometime between midnight and 2 a.m. on Tuesday.

According to Herkimer County Emergency Services, there was sporadic structural damage throughout the entire county.

A car in Dolgeville sustained damage after trees had fallen upon it, and Route 169 in Little Falls between Church and Top Notch Road are closed as officials await National Grid to get wires untangled and help get trees out of the road.

Robinson Road in the Town of German Flatts is also closed as of Tuesday morning.

Emergency Management Director Robert Vandawalker said that it is dangerous for people to be out wandering and walking around as there are still a lot of wires down. National Grid crews have been checking downed wires overnight to make sure they are safe. They won't go in and actually fix the outages and wires until morning. They will be working to restore power to roughly 1,500-2,000 people in Herkimer County Tuesday morning.

"To compare, we've had thunderstorms that were worse," Vandawalker said.

There were no requests for shelters, even though they were able to have them open. Vandawalker said they are waiting to see what schools are going to do as they do have a larger area that crosses from Fort Plain to Stark with about 400 people without power.

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