The State of Emergency for the town and village of Potsdam has been lifted although there are still isolated areas without power.
Village police and the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department announced early this morning that the ban on unnecessary travel in the town had been lifted.
Meanwhile, 1,308 National Grid customers are still without power lost when Tuesay’s severe thunderstorm ripped through the area, downing trees and power lines and damaging buildings.
Most of those without power are in Parishville, Potsdam and Piercefield and National Grid does not expect power to be restored there until after 6 p.m. tonight.
Potsdam Deputy Mayor Ron Tischler and Potsdam Town Supervisor Marie Regan issued the state of emergency Tuesday after traffic was blocked in numerous locations by downed trees and non-functioning traffic lights caused traffic to back up downtown.
Village police said there are still a few streets that are impassible, and drivers should expect delays in certain areas.
The sheriff’s office is urging drivers to use caution while in areas affected by the recent storm as there are still seveal utility crews attempting to repair the remaining power outages.
Meanwhile, SUNY Potsdam will resume classes and begin to bring its operations back to normal today, after the sudden severe thunderstorm led to a power outage and isolated damage to campus on Tuesday afternoon. Power has returned to 100 percent of campus.
No serious injuries were reported on campus as a result of the storm, and SUNY Potsdam will resume Summer Session classes on Wednesday, July 18. Thursday's Orientation session for first-year students remains on schedule.
The Physical Plant staff, grounds crew and custodians worked to clear roadways of downed trees and debris, pump water from flooded basements and begin to repair infrastructure. Additional University Police officers reported to campus to assist with the response. Two SUNY Potsdam buildings had damage to their roofs. Stowell Hall sustained some of the most serious roof damage, and Carson Hall lost some slate roof tiles in the storm's high winds. There was some damage reported at the Performing Arts Building construction site as well. Downed trees damaged two unoccupied vehicles in campus parking lots, and there were fallen limbs and branches that have been cleared from roadways. The College is assessing the extent of all damage and coordinating clean up and repair. Immediately following the loss of power, the College leadership convened the Emergency Response Resource Group, which continues to monitor and respond to the aftermath of the storm.
Clarkson University officials said several downtown campus buildings suffered significant damage and many trees were lost on the hill campus.
All employees should report to work at their usual times today unless told otherwise by their supervisors. All classes are in session today.