Storm owns trees, power lines



Power pole damaged by wind in W. GhentChip Moon

West Ghent firefighters and State Police stood by at the intersection of Routes 66 and 9H, Claverack, when a power pole was compromised during Monday afternoon’s storm. High winds and heavy rain blew through Columbia County contributing to downed trees and power lines causing local power outages.

A West Ghent firefighter communicated by cell phone as the north section of Route 66 was closed off. Dunkin Donuts shift leader Jean Olderich, who was working the drive-through at the intersection convenience station at the time said, “The trees were blowing in two different directions at the same time due to a high constant wind.” Ms. Olderich took the storm in stride, noting, “I grew up in Illinois so tornadoes are nothing new for me.”

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