Fulton Escapes Storm Damage

FULTON, NY – Though neighboring municipalities were not as fortunate, the city of Fulton managed to escape substantial storm damage Tuesday.

When the rain and wind came through, some tree damage was reported from points around the city. Fulton residents never lost power, however.

“There were no power outages,” Fulton police officer Jeff Margrey said just after noon. “There was some lightning… but we didn’t receive a lot of calls.”

“We really were missed,” DPW Commissioner Daniel O’Brien said. “There was one tree limb in the road but we didn’t get hit bad at all. We had nothing like some of the other areas around us.

“The storm skirted right around us,” O’Brien added.

Oswego County’s E-911 Center managed a flood of calls from across the county as the storm started to come through Tuesday before noon.

“There is a lot of (damage),” a spokesperson said.

At approximately noon, the spokesperson said the bulk of the damage came in from the areas of Sandy Creek, Mexico, Palermo, Oswego, Lacona, Boylston, Scriba and New Haven.

“There are trees and wires, trees and wires, trees and wires,” the spokesperson said. One fire had been reported in the Sandy Creek area.

This morning, the call volume had slowed down considerably.

“It has been pretty quiet today,” another spokesperson said.

He noted that no storm-related injuries were reported Tuesday.

At the height of the storm, approximately 21,000 National Grid customers were without power across Oswego County. It was the county with the most amount of power outages reported across the state, according to the outage tracker on the company’s Web site.
As of 6:45 this morning, 6,796 National Grid customers were still without power. The bulk of those reside in the Sandy Creek and Richland areas. Approximately 2,000 customers in Sandy Creek and 1,000 in Richland are still in the dark.

Sandy Creek Town Supervisor Lonnie Crast has declared a State of Emergency in the town, including the villages of Sandy Creek and Lacona, because of the damage.
Roads that were closed Tuesday because of downed wires and trees, including Interstate 81 in Sandy Creek, state Route 104 east and westbound, and state Route 3 in the town of Mexico, have all been reopened.