Columbia County deals with power outages and wind damage

April 17, 2018 03:18 PM

COPAKE – Competing sounds – chainsaws, chippers and generators – could all be heard within 200-yards of each other on Tuesday morning. Teams were cleaning up and clearing out after high winds, some as high as 63 mph, brought down trees throughout the hamlet early Monday morning.

"It was up there with some of the worst ones I've seen," said Dr. George Beneke, a retired veterinarian turned tree surgeon. He was clearing land for a friend. “The winds come down over those mountains and just create a current."

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More than half a dozen trees either cracked or were uprooted on Evan Fallon’s property as he prepared for an auction this Friday.

"The wind started and living here you kind of know that sometimes it gets windy but it sounded like a freight train,” Fallon said. "No one got hurt and everyone is out of power but everyone helped each other out.".

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