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Bethlehem weathers the storm

Thousands still without power, cleanup will be long-term

— By Monday morning, fallen trees had mostly been cleared from the town's roadways except in cases involving downed power lines. Sagendorph said highway crews will be focusing on cleaning up the damage in the coming days and weeks and asked residents to pile branches on the side of the road for removal.

Some roads remained closed due to flooding, and will likely remain that way as the area's rivers swell in the wake of the storm.

“In my 39 years with the town, I've never seen the water higher in some of the streams than I saw yesterday,” Sagendorph remarked on Monday.

The area's streams were expected to top out sometime Monday. Sean Maguire, of the Westmere Fire Department, said firefighters all over the area were dealing with flooding all day Sunday into Monday.

“The majority of the calls really are water emergencies, in terms of pumping out basements,” Maguire said.

In at least one instance, the Guilderland Central Fire Department was called in to rescue two people from their Johnson Road home when the Normanskill flooded.

“When we advise people to evacuate, we're serious about it,” Maguire said.

Guilderland Center firefighters also pulled a couple from the Normanskill after their car became submerged.

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