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Tue, Feb 26th 2019 08:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo surveys ice along Niagara River on New York Power Authority Icebreaker. The icebreaker is used to keep ice away from the water intakes along the Niagara River.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo surveys ice along Niagara River on New York Power Authority Icebreaker. The icebreaker is used to keep ice away from the water intakes along the Niagara River.

Tours ice boom & ice breaking operation on Niagara River

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday toured the ice boom and ice-breaking operations on the Niagara River following the significant windstorm that impacted Western New York from Sunday into Monday. The tour was conducted on the New York Power Authority's William H. Latham ice breaker, which is used to prevent ice jams on the river and also to prevent ice from blocking the tunnel water intakes that are used by NYPA's power plant for power generation.

While in Western New York, the governor said, “As everybody knows by now, Mother Nature gave us another test. It was challenging, but everyone did what they needed to do. The first responders did a fantastic job. People of Western New York did what they needed to do. They were smart, they were prepared, they stayed off the roads. So, I think we handled the situation as well as it could be handled. It was challenging. You had wind gusts as high as 72, 74 miles per hour, so that is very serious. Damage was done – a lot of trees were down; polls were down, etc. But the utility companies were prepared as was the entire first responder network.

“I chatted the other day about – it's all about preparation. If you wait for the storm to hit, it's too late. And it's about preparation and having the equipment, having the personnel, and that was done extraordinarily well here. The utility companies had brought in crews from other states. And they were actually here to help. Ironically, some of the other states that sent contractor crews also had their own problems. So, we thank them very much for their cooperation and their assistance.”

 

Image courtesy of the governor’s Flickr page:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/47212102431/in/album-72157706965142155/

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