Ice storm cripples Saratoga area as residents struggle to stay warm

"We're concerned about kids without power, but it's best for them to come in because they can be warm and have a hot lunch," said Stuart Williams, public information coordinator.

In the town of Clifton Park, the senior center was open as a warming center Monday and Tuesday.

"Power outages were spotty around town," said Barbara McHugh, community development officer Clifton Park. "It was hard to predict. We didn't lose power at Town Hall. We were supposed to be closed Monday, but we went in and opened up."

Of particular concern were the needs of seniors and others with medical needs, but calls were made to check in with everyone enrolled in the "RUOK?" program.

"Residents with special needs or disabilities of any age can sign up and give their contact information, which we pass along to the fire and EMS departments," said McHugh, describing the program. "During any extended town emergencies, we make calls to check in with those people. Some hesitate to call 9-1-1 for help, so we assess their current condition."

McHugh said about 45 residents in the program received phone calls Monday and Tuesday.

"I've heard many people are going to the Clifton Park mall Tuesday to keep warm," said McHugh.

Wednesday morning, town officials said highway crews would start picking up trees and branches damaged by ice. Residents are asked to move debris to the curb line, and crews will use chainsaws and chippers to manage the pick-up throughout this week and next, scheduled to end Friday, Jan. 26.


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