Ice storm slams Saratoga County

The storm brokered cooperation between neighbors across the area, and not just on the small scale.

The BH-BL School District received a helping hand from Bethlehem Central School District with posts to the Web site. No one in the BH-BL network had the proper combination of power, Internet service and software to post school closing updates on the Web, so officials at Bethlehem made posts that were phoned in.

Cleanup in the Town of Halfmoon is currently being assisted by crews and equipment from five other municipalities: Moreau, Milton, Wilton, Galway and Greenfield.

"I'm not sure if we would be in as good of a situation as we're in now if it wasn't for their help," said Halfmoon Supervisor Mindy Wormuth at a county board of supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

Still, the town's cleanup efforts are expected to take days, if not weeks.

"It's rather daunting, even with these additional crews in here," said Nelson Ronsvalle, Halfmoon spokesman.

Transfer stations are in service at many towns and some are offering extended hours for residents who prefer to bring in their own debris. Otherwise, residents of most municipalities are advised to place fallen branches along the roadside.

"Obviously it's a huge job," said Barrett of the cleanup efforts in Clifton Park. With more winter weather in the weekend's forecast, though, the area might not have completely weathered the storm.

"My biggest fear is that with some of this weather we're having people are going to lose [power] again," he said.

Uninsured losses

Though most home insurance will cover damage from falling branches or trees, and even some cleanup costs, there are resources available for those without insurance who suffered losses as a result of the storm. Below are telephone numbers and web addresses of agencies that offer disaster assistance.

American Red Cross (Adirondack Chapter), 792-6545,

www.redcross.org/index.html, click on Disaster Services.

Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), (800) 621-3362, www.fema.gov/hazard/index.shtm.

New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO), 292-2293, www.semo.state.ny.us/.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), (800) 659-2955,

www.sba.gov/, click on Disaster Assistance.""

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