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People without power take shelter at school

"We were fortunate to have a place to go, to have family right next door in Scotia," said Goyette.

The town of Glenville responded quickly through its Web site, where officials posted information and sent e-mails to residents regarding safety and cleanup of fallen branches.

"We wanted to get information out to those as we received it. Even those who did not lose power had to deal with a mess of some sort," said Glenville Town Supervisor Frank Quinn.

Glenville officials are telling residents that crews are picking up storm debris that is placed in front of homes. They are also advising that branches do not need to be cut to a certain length or tied and bundled.

In Scotia, the storm damage removal program will apply to village residents and public service contractors, while private contractors will be required to dispose of the limbs generated by their personal contracts. The program will continue through 7 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22.

According to National Grid's Web site, as of Tuesday morning, Dec. 16, 2,500 county residents remained without power.

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