Columbia County utility crews assess storm damage

Posted at: 10/30/2012 5:56 PM
Updated at: 10/30/2012 6:14 PM
By: Kumi Tucker


COLUMBIA COUNTY - Utility crews have been out all day assessing damage where they could, including in Columbia County.

NewsChannel13 caught up with one crew hard at work in the back of a house in Austerlitz, where they are facing some challenging conditions as they try to restore power.

In front of harry McCagg's house on Foghill Road in Austerlitz, a tree split during Sandy, bringing down power lines, and a pole off the back yard snapped and came crashing down.

“What I heard yesterday was a big crash and sparks flying and the wires all came down in front of the window.  And my granddaughter said, oh my God,” he said.

NYSEG is now digging to put in another pole, but it's tough going because the backhoe has to get through solid rock. 

Not only that, it was difficult to get the equipment here in the first place through the woods, on a hill.

The damage to the poles and power lines affected 62 customers.

McCagg's grandson has hooked up a generator that keeps his fridge and freezer going.

“I've never seen the wind blow like it did.  I'm just fortunate.  It could have been a lot worse,” he said.