Petersburgh residents struggle through snow, power outages to stay warm

PETERSBURGH, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Many areas in the Capital Region were hit hard with snow this weekend, and folks in one of those areas, Petersburgh, spent Monday shoveling their driveways and anxiously waiting for their power to come back on.

Almost everyone in the town of Petersburgh lost their power Sunday morning. Most people got it back earlier Monday morning, but by Monday night, a small number of houses are still in the dark.

As a result, the Petersburgh Town Hall is keeping its doors open Monday night for anyone who needs a warm place to stay.

Alan Webster, Petersburgh’s town supervisor says power outages like this seem to be the norm for an early winter story of this magnitude.

It’s not the first for this small town. In fact, neighbors say they’re used to it. But living in the dark is never fun.

Lanny Weldstein’s power went out at 3:00 a.m. Monday, and as of Monday evening, had yet to come back on. Luckily, he says his generator helped him get through the cold night.

“As you see, I went out today and got some more gas with the generator, and then came back,” said Weldstein. “It’s just a matter of time. Hopefully everything will be alright by 11:30 or 12.”

Mike Heill, who lives down the road from Weldstein, did get his power back Monday night. But he says he did not have a generator and had to find warmth another way.

“We’re not as prepared as we should be,” said Heill. “But you know, we have extra water and just try to keep extra supplies on hand.”

Town Supervisor Alan Webster said 118 homes in Petersburgh did not have power Monday afternoon.

While power was restored to the majority of those homes, 33 homes remained in the dark when the sun went down Monday evening.

Estimated restoration time is expected to be around 11:30 p.m. to midnight.

“We provide updated information as to where and when power should be restored,” said Webster. “In addition, we’ll provide a warm place as long as we need to provide a warm place.”

Webster says the town hall will stay open however long they need to until everyone gets their power back. But he advises folks to give them a call first if they’re thinking of stopping by Monday night.

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