Cleanup continues after Sunday storms

July 29, 2019 02:39 PM

SCHENECTADY – After the storms rolled through Sunday afternoon and knocked out power along a stretch of Erie Boulevard and the Stockade section of the city, crews knew Monday wouldn't be boring.

That included atop Mike's Hot Dogs when trucks from D&L Tree Service in Scotia pulled up around 6:30 a.m. A locust tree fell and crushed the neon sign on the restaurant that has been there for over 70 years.


"There's minimal damage on the roof, which is great," said owner John Mantas. "My most valuable asset is my employees and they were all safe and none of my customers were injured. So we're still open, we're still open."

He was on the roof along with the tree team and his "sign guy," Patrick Taft of Adirondack Neon Signs out of Amsterdam. He had just done some re-wiring a few months ago and has worked on the sign for 20 years.

"It's a total mess and we're going to have to rebuild it and try to rebuild it as original as possible," Taft said.

Said Eddie Fick, who has worked for the tree service for five years, "Make quick work of it and now we're on to do a lot more through Schenectady. We've got a whole bunch of trees down from Glenville to Scotia."

The "Mike's" sign comes down Tuesday. If all goes according to plan, barring any red tape, a new one could be up in six to eight weeks, Taft said.

The storms also left damage and power outages a couple of blocks up on Monroe Street when a lightning bolt took down a 75-year-old tree with such force it tore down and cracked three utility poles. At Rivers Casino, there was storm damage to its outdoor patio with flooding. A statement by Rush Street Gaming said: "A hotel lobby window was broken after part of a tent was torn in half by the wind and thrown through the air, shattering the lobby window. The casino is open and fully operational."

There was also damage at the intersection of Van Vranken Avenue and Beaver Street in the Electric City where a tree snapped and got snagged in power lines.

There was also damage to parts of Saratoga County and over in Rensselaer County in North Greenbush and East Greenbush.


WNYT Staff

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