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Fire crews busy responding to downed trees, wires in Potsdam area

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POTSDAM - High winds and heavy rains have fire crews in the Potsdam area responding to numerous calls of trees and wires down Tuesday night.

The Potsdam, West Potsdam, Norwood and Hannawa Falls fire departments answered calls of trees down in that same time period on the Parmeter Road near the Sweeney Road, Church Road in Hannawa Falls, Canal and Cherry streets in Potsdam, County Route 34 in West Potsdam, Morley-Potsdam Road, Pleasant Street and the River Road in Norwood between 8 and 9 p.m.

National Grid was responding to the River Road scene for a report of a transformer fire.

The Brasher-Winthrop Fire Department responded to reports of trees down on the West Mahoney Road and near 896 state Route 420 in the town of Brasher and on Route 11 near East Part Road, McCarthy Road and Brookdale Road in the town of Stockholm during that same time period.

Firefighters from Parishville (Allens Falls Road and County Route 58), Helena (County Route 53) and North Lawrence (Route 11C and West Cotter Road) were also dispatched to reports of trees and power lines down.

The National Weather Service cancelled its thunder storm watch for St. Lawrence County but said a thunder storm warning will remain in effect until midnight.

National Grid reported several just over 74,000 of its customers in upstate New York were without power Tuesday night, including approximately a 1,000 in St. Lawrence County. The largest outages at 10 p.m. were the Russell area, 426; West Stockholm and Stockholm Center, 271; Potsdam, 135; and North Lawrence, 49; and multiple other outages around the county impacting a handful of customers at each location.

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