Red Cross shelters serve neighbors displaced by ice storm
Mon, 23 Dec 2013 20:11:31 GMT —
Much of the North Country is covered in ice, and thousands of people are still without power after the massive ice storm ripped down power lines and trees. The Red Cross has set up several shelters around the region, with a home base at the Watertown High School. The Red Cross says that shelter will remain open at least one more night.
Other, smaller shelters were set up in Henderson, Dexter and Alexandria Bay.
At this point power is still out to an estimated 25,000 people, and crews are working furiously to get power up and running again.
Mayor Battista says a â??tremendous amountâ?? of power lines are still down, and trees were still falling this morning. â??Itâ??s like a warzone,â?? Mayor Battista said.
An official State of Emergency was declared through Jefferson County and FEMA.
Another Red Cross shelter will be opening in Sackets Harbor, where there is extensive damage. The shelter will be in the Sackets Harbor Village Offices, and will be able to accommodate 75 people. The Red Cross will also provide food.
At the Henderson shelter, 29 people stayed last night, but power is being restored through much of that area today.