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March 9, 2017 - 3:20pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, news, weather.

Press release:

In response to citywide tree damage, the City of Batavia Yard Waste Recycling Station on Law Street will open its normal spring operations beginning tomorrow, March 10, and remain open until further notice. The station’s hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 

Please be aware, only green matter is accepted at the station, (i.e., grass clippings, leaves, branches and twigs). Items cannot be left in containers such as bags or boxes, and all containers used to transport yard waste must be removed – please do not leave them at the waste station. 

No construction debris, fill or other refuse/garbage will be accepted. 

In addition, the City is asking all residents to move storm-related limbs and branches to the parkway in front of their property, being careful not to block storm water drains. City crews from the Bureau of Maintenance will pick up this material throughout next week. 

Please call the Bureau of Maintenance at (585) 345-6400 with questions.

March 9, 2017 - 2:45pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news, batavia, Le Roy.

National Grid appears to making progress on restoring power to its customers in WNY, but there are still more than 100 outages in Genesee County affecting more than 10,000 customers.

All of Le Roy and most of Stafford and Bethany are reportedly without power and there are 39 separate outages in the City of Batavia.

There are now more than 800 outages reported for National Grid in WNY, but the total number of customers affected has dropped to 68,000.

Le Roy High School has rescheduled tonight's musical, a performance of "Bye Bye Birdie." A performance has been added for 1 p.m., Saturday. Tickets purchased for tonight's show can be used for any remaining show -- 7 p.m. tomorrow, 1 p.m. Saturday and also at 7 p.m. Saturday.

RWC Bohn's on Clinton Street Road in Batavia is offering a series of discounted entrees this evening for residents without power (the restaurant was without power last night). The meals are $9.99 each and include strip steak, fish fry, broiled haddock, chicken parm, penne pasta with a bolognese sauce and fettuccine Alfredo.

UPDATE: The John Ferrara fundraiser at the American Legion in Le Roy tonight has been postponed.

Here are a couple of more pictures from readers of storm damage:


From Bob Jarnot of a tree down in Stafford.


Lilya Kotmel, a seventh-grader, sent in another picture from yesterday, this one on North Street.

March 9, 2017 - 2:28pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, Alabama, news.

There's a report of lines down sparking a grass fire in the area of 1084 Ledge Road, Alabama.

Alabama fire responding.

March 9, 2017 - 2:17pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, batavia, news.


A second warrant has been issued for a Batavia resident whom police believe was involved in an attack on residents on Central Avenue in October.

The new warrant is for alleged failure to register a change of address as a registered sexual offender.

Oliver Thomas was convicted of rape in 2009 and required to register as a Level 2 sex offender when he was released from prison.

From the alleged attack on Central Avenue, Thomas is wanted on charges of burglary, 1st, and assault, 2nd. 

Tips on his whereabouts can be called into police at (585) 345-6350 or the confidential tip line at (585) 345-6370.

March 9, 2017 - 1:02pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, Le Roy, news.

There's a report of smoke in the residence of 8286 E. Main Road, Le Roy.

Le Roy fire dispatched with mutual aid from Pavilion.

UPDATE 1:07 p.m.: There may be a problem with an electrical outlet. A thermal camera is requested in the house.

March 9, 2017 - 11:56am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.


This is from Josh Gaylord. The pool his parents installed 30 years ago was destroyed.


This picture and the one below, sent in by Jen Reichart, of McCormick Farms, show damage at the dairy farm in Alexander.



From a reader in Oakfield.


Sent in by a reader, bleachers hung up on a fence at Pavilion HS.


This picture, and the two below from McKinley Avenue, were sent in by Tracy Cook.




From a reader in Byron.


From Lori Siedlecki on Madison Avenue.

March 9, 2017 - 11:32am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Centennial Park, batavia, weather, news.

Yesterday, we reported on the number of downed trees in Centennial Park and we mentioned coming across a couple cutting one tree into logs for firewood.

As we said, City Manager Jason Molino basically said, while not encouraged, the wood would eventually be taken to the yard waste station anyway where residents could claim it as firewood.

Police have just been dispatched to Centennial Park for a "suspicious condition." A person with a rusted black pickup truck is cutting wood.

March 9, 2017 - 11:28am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Le Roy, news.

A motor-vehicle accident with injuries is reported in the area of 112 W. Main St., Village of Le Roy.

Le Roy fire and Le Roy ambulance dispatched.

March 9, 2017 - 9:23am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

There are still nearly 100 separate power outages affecting about 10,000 National Grid customers in Genesee County.

WBTA has a complete list of school closings for today.

UMMC just announced the following closures:

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation, 215 Summit St., Batavia
  • Genesee Orthopaedics Batavia, 33 Chandler Ave., Batavia
  • Internal Medicine, 229 Summit St., Batavia
  • Laboratory & Diagnostics Le Roy, 8745 Lake Street Road LeRoy
  • Laboratory Pembroke, 860 Main Road, Corfu,
  • Pain Care Center, 229 Summit St., Batavia
  • Surgical Associates, 229 Summit St., Batavia
  • Tountas Family Care, 3 Tountas Ave., LeRoy
  • Urgent Care LeRoy, 8745 Lake Street Road, LeRoy
  • Women’s Care Batavia (Prenatal visits will be seen at 127 North St.), 33 Chandler Ave., Batavia
  • Elective surgeries have been canceled  

The travel advisories for Genesee County and the City of Batavia were lifted at 11 p.m.

There are several roads in the county that are closed:

  • Fargo Road, between Sweetland and Route 5
  • Route 5 between Keeny Road and Bater Road
  • Transit Road between Bridge Road and North Byron Road
  • Warboys Road between Merrill Road and Sautell Road
  • Sanders Road between Bartoff Road and Route 5
  • Gilbert Street southbound from Route 5
  • Creek Road between Putnum Road and East Road
  • State Street between Denio Street and MacArthur Park
  • East Avenue at Naramore
  • Dodgeson Road between Day Road and Beaver Road

The Sheriff's Office cautions roads may have debris. Be alert and careful. Give working crews plenty of space and slow down. A traffic light that is dark is treated as a four-way stop. The Sheriff's Office (dispatchers) have no information on estimated time of power restoration for those affected.

UPDATE 11:04 a.m.: Darien Town Hall is open and residents are invited to using it as a warming center.

March 8, 2017 - 11:36pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, batavia, news.

There have been two calls tonight that suggest possible unauthorized people at the 7-Eleven at 505 E. Main St., Batavia. 

The first call was of three youths on bicycles who appeared to going in and out of the front door.

A second caller reports seeing people in the store with flashlights going on and off.

The 7-Eleven is closed because of a power outage in the area.

March 8, 2017 - 11:33pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, bergen, news.

A robbery just occurred at the 7-Eleven in Bergen.

The suspect is described as a white male with a bandage on his nose.

Unknown direction of travel.

No weapon was displayed.

UPDATE 11:35 p.m.: The suspect may have fled in a vehicle. Unknown description. Unknown direction of travel.  It's possibly a dark-colored Jeep.

UPDATE 11:40 p.m.: The vehicle is described as a dark-colored Jeep Wrangler, last seen heading toward I-490.

March 8, 2017 - 11:30pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, batavia, news.


Late this afternoon, I swung by Centennial Park and found several downed trees or trees that had lost big branches. I also found one couple busy cutting a tree into logs.  

I spoke with City Manager Jason Molino about it and he said the city generally prefers that people wait until the trees are hauled to the yard waste lot on Law Street, but on a day like today, the city wasn't going to do anything to stop people from cutting up the trees in the park.  He said the priority for city crews today was keeping roads clear of trees and debris.






March 8, 2017 - 11:27pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, alexander, news.

A caller on Attica Road, Alexander, reports that a person tried to break into their house.

The subject is described as a tall black male wearing a white and black stripe jacket with a hood. He was last seen running west.

Law enforcement is responding.

March 8, 2017 - 11:10pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.


Here are more pictures from our readers. These are ones that were sent in via text.

Also, a note, while a number of businesses had to close early, including some downtown restaurants, the restaurants around town that were open did a booming business tonight. Big Pauly's was packed, Settler's was full as was Ken's Charcoal Pits. John Spyropoulos, owner of Settler's, said he noticed that it seemed to be that way for all the restaurants that were able to stay open. A note about Big Pauly's, a reader sent me a message: Even though Stafford is normally out of Big Pauly's delivery area, they delivered a pizza to the reader's mom. "That was the only option for an old woman without power and I truly appreciate it," said John Michael.

These first two photos are from Lilya Kotmel, a seventh-grader. They are on State Street and North Street.



Emily, a student at Pavilion, took this picture while in study hall of a piece of metal roof lodged in the grass.


A reader sent in a picture of a tree down in his back yard on Ellicott Street Road.


Mark Fanara sent in this of a tree down River Street, Batavia.


A reader sent in this picture, and the two below, from the Trigon Park area of Le Roy.




From a reader, another view of the overturned truck on Route 98 overpass.


Damaged utility pole by Batavia HS on State Street, submitted by a reader.


This is from 7030 Lyman Road, Byron, Honqualac Haven Farm.


This last two photos are from Jim Elmore on Galloway Road, Batavia.


NOTE: If I get more pictures overnight, I'll try to post them in the morning. [email protected] or (585) 260-6970.

March 8, 2017 - 9:26pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in National Grid, weather, news.

The severity and the duration of today's windstorm has created numerous challenges for National Grid, according to a spokesman for the utility. 

Steve Brady said the amount of damage, with calls coming in all day, has been significant.

"Lots of wires down, broken poles, services out, all compounded by the difficulties of moving around and the safety hazards of trying to put buckets in the air in the high winds," Brady said.

There is currently no estimate for when power will be restored to all National Grid customers, but technicians are have been working all day and will continue to work to restore electricity to affected areas.

The utility is bringing in crews from other service areas that haven't been hit by wind to help with the restoration efforts.

By midmorning tomorrow, Brady said, the company should be able to provide a better estimate of when the work will be completed.

"The long duration has made it very hard to assess all the damage," Brady said. "It’s clear this will be a long event, well through tomorrow and likely beyond for many customers."

At one point today, National Grid reported more than 97,000 customers in WNY without power. Brady said as of a few minutes ago, the report was about 90,000, with Niagara, Genesee, Orleans and western Monroe counties being the hardest hit.

"Our divisional crews have been at it all day, and we will have at least some work being done through the night," Brady said.

PLEASE NOTE: Genesee County's emergency dispatchers are very busy and they DO NOT KNOW when power will be restored.

March 8, 2017 - 9:05pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, news, Le Roy.

A caller reports a person has started a bonfire in the driveway of 31 Myrtle St., Le Roy.

Le Roy fire dispatched.

March 8, 2017 - 8:41pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, schools, weather, news.

Superintendent Chris Dailey announced this evening that all schools in the Batavia City School District will be closed tomorrow as a result of today's windstorm.

March 8, 2017 - 8:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.


These are photos I received from readers via email. I went through them in the order received and since I received so many, there were a few duplicates of the same scene shown in the same way, so I left those out. If you submitted a photo, sorry I didn't use yours. This is just from email. I'll start working on those that were texted to me next and post those in a separate post.

Top: From Tricia DiFilippo, a downed utility pole on State Street, smoldering.


A downed tree on Lewiston Road, Batavia, sent in by Rachel Wommack.


A building on Route 33 that lost its roof, sent in by Ashley Smith.


Reader submitted photo of trees down on Prospect Street.


Reader submitted photo of a tree down at the Blind School.


Reader submitted photo of a damaged tree on State Street.


The sign for the Crossroads House knocked down, photo submitted by Joseph Richmond.


This and the next two photos submitted by Sharon Herdtner of power lines down on State Street near the Batavia Nursing Home.




A reader submitted photo of a tree down on Harvester.


Submitted by Joseph Richmond, a tree down on the roof of the former dentist office on Washington Avenue, Batavia.


Photo submitted by Patrick Patmos of pine tree down on Osterhout Avenue, Batavia.


Truck on its side on the Route 98 bridge over the Thruway, submitted by a reader.

March 8, 2017 - 6:53pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, batavia, news.


Here are our photos from the fire at 404 S. Jackson St. this morning. At this point, we have no new information beyond what we reported this morning.







March 8, 2017 - 4:31pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, batavia, news.


These are photos I took of some of the trees down in the city earlier today.

We've received several photos from readers. I'll post those as soon as I can. Keep them coming to [email protected] or text (585) 260-6970.

I also have photos to post yet from the fire this morning, but I'm going to need to relocate to a place with electrical power (batteries running low) to get all those uploaded.

Top photo: Morton Avenue.

UPDATE 4:39 p.m.: There's a report of unknown type flames in area of 728 Judge Road, Alabama. Also, Julia Ferrini reports for us on Wyoming County Free Press that winds there have been clocked at 102 mph.

UPDATE 4:51 p.m.: It sounds like the Judge Road flames come from a garbage fire which the fire department will be putting out. There was also a car into a building at Leisure Timers; no injuries and Alabama fire is clearling that scene.


This photo and the one below, Central Avenue.



These two, in the Tully's restaurant parking lot.



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