Bottled water, ice available for those without power in Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Albany County officials delivered ice and bottled water to Albany residents after a power outage left them without cool air.

National Grid workers were out in the city of Albany Tuesday night for a power outage on Quail Street. After power was restored, another outage took place at 2:30 a.m.

Power then didn’t come back on until 5:45 a.m. But some residents remained without air conditioning throughout the day Wednesday.

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The city said four housing buildings were impacted by the outage, including three that house seniors and people with disabilities. Thurlow Terrace, B’Nai B’Rith Apartments, St. Vincent to Paul apartments, and 400 students at Saint Rose were impacted.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said the city became aware of the problem Wednesday morning, and services were provided by the city, county, state and National Grid.

Around 2 p.m., Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy and Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple were at Thurlow Terrace to pass out ice and bottled water to the residents.

ShopRite donated approximately 300 bags of ice. In addition, CDTA provided cooling buses.

Emergency services were on also on site, and officials were working to provide generators. The Red Cross provided shelter at 477 Krumkill Rd., but it was closed Wednesday night as residents returned to their homes.

Lillie Saunders lives on the eighth floor of Thurlow Terrace. She said she tried to fan herself and sit by the window.

“Wake up at six o’clock; it’s unbearable,” she said. “So I showered, got dressed, and I’ve been in this spot ever since. But there was no place I could go because we didn’t have any lights in the hallways or staircase because the generator seemed to have been out, which is unacceptable. I don’t know how long it’s been out since we didn’t have a blackout.”

At the height of the outage, National Grid said approximately 2,800 customers were without power. Wednesday evening, 320 customers remained without power.

 

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