Power out, schools close

At the same time, National Grid began to set a goal for all power to be restored.

"Their goal was to hopefully have the majority of everything back up and running by Wednesday, but there are some areas that it might take a little longer," said Mahan. "We were hit very, very hard in Colonie."

A designated shelter was set up in the Village of Colonie for residents who needed a place to stay and meal to eat, and is being run as a collaborative effort between the village and the American Red Cross. The shelter was still operating with town residents staying through Monday.

Also on Monday, Colonie began Phase 2 of its emergency mode process, which involves the cleanup of various messes left in the wake of the storm.

This includes a debris pickup system where residents can leave their debris on the curb for town pickup.

Mahan said there will be a lot of follow-up on the town's part in regard to the storm.

"We have to wait to see if FEMA declares the emergency, and at that point, we would put in our requests and see if there's anything we can be reimbursed for," she said.

By Monday, Mahan said that power was restored to nearly 10,000 residences and businesses townwide.

Local businesses were also forced to deal with the storm.

"We hit early and often," said Brian Karral a representative of Stuyvesant Plaza maintenance. "We took it as it came."

Stuyvesant Plaza and Crossgates Mall, two economic generators in the Town of Guilderland, both were able to remain open and maintain power throughout the storm, as did Colonie Center.

"Reporters Dan Sabbatino, Ariana Cohn and Jarrett Carroll contributed to this report""

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