Hoosick Falls residents describe violent storm

May 19, 2017 06:56 PM

HOOSICK FALLS - Residents in Hoosick Falls spent the day cleaning up after Mother Nature wreaked havoc in the village. Trees and power lines were still blocking roads Friday evening.

A massive tree came barreling down on the front yard of a home on Munsell Street in Hoosick Falls. Unfortunately, some of the branches fell on top of the roof, creating a gaping hole.

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"I’d say for about 60 seconds, there was just gusts. I thought one of the big trees in the backyard was going to come down," recalled one resident.

Many neighbors say the storm that came through on Thursday was pretty nasty -- carrying with it sheets of rain, wind and frequent lightning. It was over within minutes, but that was enough to leave destruction in its wake throughout the village.

"That wire pulled out of the house and sparked across the hood of that car and the pole came down," noted another resident, pointing out everything.

On Burchard Avenue, another tree came down on power lines, splitting a utility pole in half. Neighbors say they heard the transformer explode, a big boom and wires were arching. One person says he saw flames in a nearby tree.

Third Street was still closed early Friday afternoon because of a tree branch blocking the road. The homeowner says it seems tree service crews were so busy all day with bigger problems, they didn't have time to get to it.

National Grid crews were busy too, trying to fix power lines to restore electricity. As of early Friday evening, many residents in Hoosick Falls were still without power.


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