About 160,000 Capital Region homes and businesses remain without power this morning as a result of the ice storm that ripped through the area Thursday and Friday.
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National Grid estimates about 128,000 customers in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga and Schoharie counties are still without service, according to its Storm Central web page at www.nationalgridus.com/niagaramohawk. About 40,000 customers remain without power in Albany County, 34,000 in Schenectady County, 30,000 in Rensselaer County, 18,500 in Saratoga County and 5,000 in Schoharie County.
Officials of the utility said they have brought in crews from as far away as Michigan to help restore power. The utility still is not offering exact estimates for when power will be restored, but officials have said it could take several days.
New York State Electric & Gas spokesman James Salmon said this morning about 34,000 NYSEG customers remain without power in the Mechanicville Division, which includes parts of Saratoga, Washington, Rensselaer and Columbia counties.
Salmon said more than 140 NYSEG, Rochester Gas & Electric and contract crews are continuing to make progress in restoring power, but offered no exact estimate for the restoring of power.
American Red Cross officials said more than 300 people throughout the region took advantage of the more than 20 shelters opened Friday throughout eastern New York to provide people without power a place to stay. The following local shelters remain open:
The following shelters are operating at this time:
- Ravena Grange, Route 143, Coeymans Hollow
- Colonie Village Hall, 2 Thunder Road
- Voorheesville High School, 432 New Salem Road, Voorheesville
- Scotia-Glenville High School, 1 Tartan Way, Route 147, Scotia
- Union College Memorial Field House, 807 Union Street, Schenectady
- Tsatsawassa Fire Company, 9 Fire House Lane, Route 20, Brainard
- HVCC Field House, 80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy
- Verizon Building, 1776 Sixth Avenue, Troy
- Senior Center, 6 Clifton Common Court, Clifton Park
- Community Center, 19 Palmer Street, Stillwater
- Judicial Building, corner of Route 236 and Harris Road, Halfmoon
- Salem Central School, 41 East Broadway, Salem
- Greenwich Central School, 10 Grey Avenue, Greenwich
- Cambridge Central School, 58 South Park Street, Cambridge
Red Cross officials said they will be talking with local officials throughout the day to determine which shelters will remain open. For more information, call the Red Cross at 458-8111 or go to www.redcrossneny.org.