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Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 5:52 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, weather.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo (NWS) has issued a winter weather advisory from 11 o’clock tonight to 2 p.m. Friday for Wyoming, Cattaraugus and southern Erie counties. 

One to three inches of snow is expected overnight, with an additional 1 to 3 inches on Friday. The NWS warns visibility may be as low as a half mile at times.

Winds will be coming out of the northwest at 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40. 

The low overnight will hover around 30 degrees with highs Friday in the lower 30s.

This late season storm may bring several inches of wet snow, which will best accumulate on grassy surfaces. Additionally, slushy conditions on roadways may make for slick travel.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 6:09 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, weather.

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The New York State Separtment of Transportation report Route 19 between Saltvale and Sayre roads is closed due to downed trees on power lines. Motorists are advised to follow the detour set up by the Wyoming County Sheriff's Department. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 9:49 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, news.

Hang onto those hats folks, Wyoming County can see winds gusts of up to 60 mph today. The National Weather Service in Buffalo (NWS) has issued a high wind warning from noon to 11 p.m. for Wyoming, Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, Erie, Genesee, and Chautauqua counties.

Winds are expected to come out of the southwest at 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 55 to 60 mph.

The NWS reports winds of this magnitude may result in downed trees and power lines. Additionally, shallow rooted trees may be especially prone to being uprooted due to the saturated ground from recent rainfall.

Travel may also be difficult for high-profile vehicles, especially along the Interstate 90 corridor between Buffalo and Rochester.

A high wind warning is issued when sustained winds of 40 mph are expected for at least an hour, NWS officials say.

Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 8:35 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather.

Friday travelers may see icy conditions on roadways on their morning commute to work when overnight temperature dip below freezing.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a winter weather advisory for freezing rain in effect from 5 to 11 a.m. Friday. 

A brief period of freezing rain may result in slippery conditions on untreated surfaces. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 9:16 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, weather.

UPDATE 9 a.m.: Along with all school districts in Wyoming County, the following businesses and public spaces are closed or cancelled today:

    • Warsaw Public Library

    • Wyoming County State and County Courts

    • Hope Lutheran Church, Arcade

Contact us at julia@wyomingcountyfreepress.com, if your meeting or business has been cancelled.

The post will be updated as information becomes available.

UPDATE 2:30 p.m.: The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County has cancelled its 4-H Teen Leader meeting and its 4-H Horse Bowl Practice for March 15.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 3:01 pm

Closings and cancellations in Wyoming County for March 14, as of 2:53 p.m.:
Closed:

    • Adult Day Healthcare Center at Wyoming County Community Hospital;

    • Gainesville Public Library;

    • Warsaw Public Library. The board meeting is postponed until next week;

    • Genesee Community College -- all locations;

    • Literacy West NY, Warsaw;

    • Lumberyard Restaurant, Perry;

    • Oak Orchard Health, Warsaw;

    • Perry Library; and
    • Warsaw Head Start.

Canceled:
    • Warsaw Moose Lodge -- Bingo tonight is canceled;
    • Warsaw Planning Board has canceled its meeting;

    • Warsaw Write Connection group meeting at Warsaw Library is canceled;
    • Wyoming County Cooperative Extension -- VFD Regulations for Livestock.

  • Owners and Bee Keepers - meeting at the Wyoming County Ag Center is canceled; and

    • Wyoming County Office For the Aging: No home-delivered meals today
 and Medicare 101 class for this evening rescheduled for March 29. Call for reservations.

Closings and cancellations for Tuesday:
    • Silver Springs food pantry; and
    • St. Mary's Senior Lunch in Silver Springs is canceled.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 2:49 pm

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The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office reports last week’s windstorm prompted approximately 700 calls to the 9-1-1 center between 11 a.m. to midnight March 8. In a span of three hours – from noon to 3 p.m. – dispatchers fielded 282 calls. 

The Communications Department maxed out its allowable staffing with three dispatchers on duty from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and four during the hours of 2:30 to 6 p.m.. By comparison, normal operations require just two, Sheriff Gregory Rudolph says.

With a mere six-second wait time on calls, dispatchers prioritized and coordinated the response of law enforcement, fire and highway departments, and multiple utility companies.

“Professional dispatching, strong teamwork from the public and private sectors, and the skilled volunteerism from the fire, EMS, and Red Cross communities, provided the finest in public safety amid the commotion of this daylong incident and its aftermath,” Rudolph said.

Rudolph reports the most severe damage was seen in the towns of Attica, Bennington, Covington, Java, Orangeville, Sheldon, and Wethersfield, and the Village of Attica. Some businesses and residents in those areas were without power until Monday. At the peak of the storm, more than 8,000 customers were without power in the county. 

While no injuries were reported related to the storm, four tractor-trailers blew over from the force of the wind, along with countless trees and approximately 50 utility poles throughout the county.

Law enforcement fielded 95 calls, with deputies responding to 52 calls for service and the village departments handling 43. The Attica Fire Department covered 12 of the 37 calls that came into the county’s fire departments. Additionally, Varysburg Fire Department was the site of the emergency shelter put in place from the evening of March 9 through the morning of March 11.

Members of the Bennington and Cowlesville fire companies, and the Pavilion Fire Department opened and manned their halls for afternoon and evening hours to use as warming shelters throughout the ordeal.

Finally, the county and town highway departments spent countless hours cutting and clearing tree debris from obstructed roadways.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 6:31 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, announcements, weather.

The following are schools and businesses are closed today due to weather:

    • Attica Central School

    • Castile Christian Academy

    • Literacy West NY Warsaw location

    • Letchworth Central School

    • Perry Central School

    • Pioneer Central School

    • Warsaw Central School

    • Warsaw Head Start

    • Western NY Rural AHEC (Rural Area Health Education Center)

    • Wyoming Central School

Monday, March 13, 2017 at 4:29 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, weather, NYSP.

Press release:

The New York State Police would like to remind motorists to use extreme caution while traveling on all roadways from the early morning hours Tuesday, continuing into Wednesday. Avoid unnecessary travel and be alert for potential road closures. 

State Police Troop A members will be out across the region checking all major routes of travel to ensure that motorists are as safe as possible. We are asking for your assistance to make this possible. Motorists traveling in areas impacted by the snow are asked to leave with extra time to make a slow and careful drive to your destination.

The arrival of inclement weather consisting of heavy snow, with estimates of four or more inches per hour, is expected to begin early Tuesday morning, and continue through Wednesday; which will make all affected roadways slick and unpredictable.   

Take into consideration snow accumulation on the roads, the current snowfall rate, the wind, and visibility. Use your best judgment to determine if driving is prudent and allow for adjustments to your schedule to ensure a safe commute. 

Keep the following tips in mind:

    • Get the latest weather forecast before leaving with your local weather apps, monitor radio or TV stations;

    • In white-out conditions, turn on your hazard or 4-way lights to enhance visibility of your vehicle;

    • Always clean your windows and mirrors fully of any snow and ice before driving;

    • Keep a full tank of gas;

    • Ensure your fluid levels are sufficient (windshield washer fluid and antifreeze);

    • Ensure the spare tire is sufficient and you have the jack and wheel wrench;

    • Use headlights at all times to increase your visibility;

    • Drive prudently. If the conditions are adverse you should decrease your speed accordingly;

    • Look down the road for potential hazards;

    • Be observant;

    • Brake early;

    • Do not use cruise control. This decreases your reaction time to apply brakes;

    • If you do not absolutely have to go out onto the roads, then don’t;

    • Be aware of all emergency vehicles: police, fire, ambulances, town trucks, and maintenance vehicles.

If you drive off the roadway and are stuck in a snowbank or ditch, stay in your vehicle, activate your emergency flashers, and call 9-1-1. Do not exit your vehicle unless it is an absolute emergency. You put yourself at risk of being struck by another vehicle. 

Roll the windows down a few inches or turn your vehicle off if you are stranded in snow for a period of time with your vehicle running. Covered exhaust pipes can cause physical injury or death due to inhalation of carbon monoxide.

If you should become stranded on the Thruway or any roadway, know your location by being aware of your direction and mile post marker when applicable. This will help emergency personnel reach your location as quickly as possible.

Follow the New York State Police’s Twitter page @nyspolice for up to the minute information on road closures and weather alerts.

The Thruway Authority provides a wide variety of information for travelers including current traffic conditions, accidents, and lane closures. Visit www.thruway.ny.gov for more information.

Slow Down. Be Prepared. Be Safe.

Monday, March 13, 2017 at 10:07 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, weather, Bennington, Sheldon, Wethersfield, Attica.

As of this posting, NYSEG and National Grid report a combined total of approximately 25 to 30 customers are still without power.

According to their respective websites, the towns of Bennington, Sheldon, Wethersfield, and Attica are affected. 

While NYSEG is not showing an estimated time of restoration, National Grid anticipates electrical services to be restored around 10:45 a.m..

Friday, March 10, 2017 at 7:12 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, news, Bennington, announcements.

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Photo from Bennington Fire Company.

A message from Bennington Fire Company, Clinton Street (Route 354), Bennington, as seen on their Facebook page:

"Our little helpers have been working hard and dinner is ready! Come on in, warm up and enjoy a hot meal. We will be here until 10 p.m.."

Friday, March 10, 2017 at 3:06 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, announcements, Cowlesville, Varysburg.

The Cowlesville Fire Company, 361 Clinton St. (Route 354), Cowlesville, will have a warming center from 1 to 4 p.m. and again from 6 to 9 p.m..

Anyone in need of a warm place to go is welcome.

The Varysburg Fire Department is now open and is available for anyone who is in need of an overnight warming shelter.

UPDATE 4:31 p.m.: The Pavilion Fire Department,11302 Lake St., Pavilion, will be operating a warming center until 9 p.m..

For more information, call (585) 584-3937.

Friday, March 10, 2017 at 7:28 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, news.

There are approximately 4,442 homes and businesses still without power this morning.

Varysburg Fire Department has opened up their station as a warming shelter for those who are currently affected.

Power outages reported by local electric companies as of 7:15 a.m.:

NYSEG

    • Bennington – 910 customers

    • Java – 432 customers

    • Middlebury – 29 customers

    • Sheldon – 1,341 customers

National Grid

    • Orangeville – approximately 122 customers

    • Eagle, Java, Gainesville area – approximately 585 customers

    • Varysburg and Attica area – approximately 1,023

The Emergency Shelter will be supplied and staffed by volunteers from the American Red Cross with liaison personnel available from the Varysburg Fire Department and the Wyoming County Emergency Services Office.

Anyone with questions may call the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office at (585) 786-2255 or the Varysburg Fire Department at (585) 535-7984.

Friday, March 10, 2017 at 6:24 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, announcements.

Attica Central School is closed today.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 5:23 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, weather, Varysburg, announcements.

Wyoming County Emergency Services Director Anthony Santoro and Varysburg Fire Chief James Kelly, with the assistance of the Wyoming County Health Department, have opened an Emergency Shelter at the Varysburg Fire Hall, 2446 Route 20A, Varysburg. 

Due to yesterday’s storm damage there are still approximately 6,000 Wyoming County residents without power in the NYSEG and National Grid territories, says Wyoming County Sheriff Greg Rudolph. The designated Emergency Shelter is in the heart of those areas. 

There are no estimates on power restoration and the utility companies’ state it is a multi-day event. The weather forecast indicates below-freezing temperatures for the next several days. The Emergency Shelter will be supplied and staffed by volunteers from the American Red Cross with liaison personnel available from the Varysburg Fire Department and the Wyoming County Emergency Services Office.

Anyone with questions may call the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office at (585) 786-2255 or the Varysburg Fire Department at (585) 535-7984.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 12:18 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, weather, Attica.

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Photo: Power line down on North Street.

Attica Police Chief Dean Hendershott says in the 27 years he has been with the police department in Attica this was the worst destruction he has seen in that short of a time period.

As of this post, the Village of Attica remains without power, however, both crews are working diligently to rectify the issue.

North Street is now open, however, the power lines are still down. Elm Street remains closed as Village Department of Public Works crews clear the downed tree out of the roadway.

On Genesee Street, a large tree toppled onto a home. No one was injured.

The railroad crossings are operating on generators and battery backup systems, however, should those fail, the arms will be lowered and the lights will flash. Hendershott says they are working with railroad officials to ensure the safety of travelers.

“We are mainly getting calls for the elderly and checking on them. People are cold. We are working with Wyoming County Emergency Management and the Attica Fire Department for the duration of the emergency. Depending on how long the situation lasts, it is possible that we will be opening up the elementary school for emergency shelter.”

The police department is currently operating on portable radios, as their main radio is out at the station.

Hendershott says homeowners can leave tree limbs and debris at the curb and DPW crews will pick up the items.

Firefighters say the fire hall will remain open for the duration of the power outage. There is water and coffee available to residents.

Although not many people came into the fire hall last night or early this morning, emergency responders are checking on those in the community who are unable to leave their homes.

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Window blown out at Nino's Pizzeria, Market Street.

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Trees across power lines on Market Street (Route 98).

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Tree fell on a home on Genesee Street.

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Attica DPW crew cleaning up Elm Street.

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Tree branches nearly miss a house on Main Street.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 6:43 am

High winds yesterday left thousands of residents without power. While power was restored to many customers, power companies report 6,350 residents are still without power as of 6:15 a.m..

RG&E customers without power: 

    • Arcade – 25 

    • Eagle – 27

NYSEG customers without power:

    • Bennington – 1,526

    • Castile – 10

    • Gainesville – 46

    • Java – 1,199

    • Middlebury – 29

    • Sheldon – 1,341

    • Warsaw – 1

National Grid customers without power:

    • Eagle, Bliss, Java, Gainesville area – approximately 589

    • Varysburg, Warsaw, Attica area – approximately – 1,557.

Power companies have been working through the night to restore electricity to county homes and continue this morning.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 8:53 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, Attica, weather.

Attica Police Chief Dean Hendershott release the following message regarding damages caused by the high winds earlier today:

The Village of Attica has received extensive damage from the windstorm which occurred today. During the height of the storm a wind gust of 70 mph was documented at the weather station located at the Attica High School. The majority of the village is without power. The police department and fire department are currently working on generator power.

There is extensive damage due to the high winds, trees down and power lines down throughout the village. At the time of this press release North, Elm, and Main (at Route 238) streets are closed. 

Main Street had been closed, however it has been reopened to normal traffic. 

Many residential and commercial roofs have received extensive damage, a window storefront on Market Street was blown out and several houses damaged due to falling trees. National Grid has estimated that the village will be without power for possibly one to two days.

Residents are warned to use extreme caution as downed powers lines remain throughout the village and are hidden by debris and downed trees and tree limbs.

Superintendent Bryce Thompson has closed Attica Central School for March 9 due to the power outage in both the High School and Elementary School.

If anyone is in need of assistance, contact the Wyoming County Sheriff Office at (585) 786-2255 for all non-emergency requests. 

If it is an emergency dial 9-1-1. 

The Attica Fire Department will be manned until further notice and is open as a warming shelter. The police department will be maintaining additional patrols throughout the weather emergency and until the power is restored.

If using portable generators use the following lifesaving safety tips:

    • Engines emit carbon monoxide. Never use a generator inside your home, garage, crawl space or other enclosed areas. Fatal fumes can build up, so that neither a fan nor open doors and windows can provide enough fresh air.

    • Only use your generator outdoors, away from open windows, vents or doors.

    • Use a battery-powered carbon-monoxide detector in the area you’re running a generator.

    • Gasoline and its vapors are extremely flammable. Allow the generator engine to cool at least 2 minutes before refueling and always use fresh gasoline. If you do not plan to use your generator in 30 days, don’t forget to stabilize the gas with fuel stabilizer.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 5:16 pm

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The above photos were taken in the Village of Perry early this afternoon. 

Trees were reported to have fallen across power lines, and power lines were reported down at the "Five Corners" near the Arrowmart at Leichester and Lake roads.

Responding to the scene included Perry and Perry Center fire departments, and Perry Police.

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The above photos were taken earlier this afternoon at the corner of routes 77 and 20A. 

Officials say the winds were reported to have peaked at 102 mph, causing three tractor-trailers to get blown over. 

No injuries were reported in these three incidents.

Responding to the scene included the Wyoming County Sheriff's Department, and Harris Corners, Varysburg, Bennington, Sheldon, Strykersville, and North Java fire departments.

Route 77 was closed for a short time while crews removed the vehicles from the road.

UPDATE 6:25 p.m.: Authorities report Route 77 has been reopened to traffic, the scene has been cleared. However, the light at routes 20A and 77 is still not functioning.

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The two photos above are from Route 354 in Bennington. 

One of the trees blocked the eastbound lane of traffic for a short time.

Responding to the scene was the Wyoming County Sheriff's Department and a county highway worker.

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The three photos above were taken in Attica, in which the Village is reported to have a widespread power outage, along with closed roads due to fallen trees and power lines across roadways.

Responding to the scenes was the Attica Police Department.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 2:36 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, weather.

Officials say the winds at routes 20A and 77 have been clocked at 102 mph. 

There are reports of multiple tractor-trailers rolled off the roadway on. Route 77 both north and south of Route 20A.

Officials say Route 77 north of 20A has been shut down to remove the semi from the road.

Emergency responders have been assisting residents throughout the county with downed trees and the like. 

UPDATE 3:05p.m.: Traffic on Clinton Street through Cowlesville is being diverted due to power lines down in the roadways. NYSEG is on the scene. 

UPDATE 3:15 p.m.  A tree is down in the road on Route 354 just east of Route 77 in Bennington.

UPDATE 3:42 p.m.: The Village of Attica is reporting widespread power outages as well as roads being blocked by fallen trees and power lines.

UPDATE 4:18 p.m.: The tree has been removed from the roadway on Route 354 in Bennington.

UPDATE 6:25 p.m.: Authorities report Route 77 has been reopened to traffic; the scene has been cleared. However, the light at routes 20A and 77 is still not functioning.

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