Storm causes utility poles to come down in Farmington

Updated: 07/08/2014 11:12 PM
Created: 07/08/2014 10:21 PM WHEC.com
By: Amanda Ciavarri

Tuesday’s storm caused utility poles to come down in Ontario County. Nearly two dozen utility poles came down on Bowerman Road in Farmington.

Crews are working tirelessly to get them fixed and to get power back on.

Peter Ingalsbe said, “I had something in the microwave and all of sudden the power went out. I looked out the window and saw this first pole down here and called 911.”

When Peter Ingalsbe got outside, he saw the damage was more than just one pole. 

Ingalsbe said, “I couldn’t believe how many poles were actually down.”

Dozens of neighbors had similar reactions as they came down to the crossing to see why they have no power.

News10NBC ran into one man just trying to get home to his family.

Don Moore said, “My wife had called me and she said the power is out, and I told her I would be back and was coming home. I didn't realize it was to this extent.”

Don Moore says the damage is too much for him to feel safe with his family staying the night, so they are all going to grandma’s house while crews work to clean up.

Don Moore said, “21 poles means the family has got to get out of here. I am active duty military, so family is always important. They are your lifeline to your home.”

While some are relocating for the night, other neighbors are helping each other get through until the lights come back on.

Ingalsbe said, “We are sharing refrigerators that are working off of generators, sharing the cold storage for that and some of them have actually gone out and bought generators tonight.”

RG&E crews say it could be a day or two before power is back on for everyone on Bowerman Road in Farmington.

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