Lockport Union-Sun & Journal —
Emergency personnel planned to be busy through the night into Tuesday afternoon with high winds and the saturated ground expecting to make conditions treacherous in Niagara County.
Winds related to Hurricane Sandy began to pick up around 6 p.m., and the sustained 35 mph winds with gusts up to 55 mph were expected to remain in effect through 2 p.m. today.
The National Weather Service was projecting rainfall between 1.25 to 2.5 inches through Tuesday morning, on top of soaking rain throughout the weekend.
With that in mind, representatives from local law enforcement, government and utilities have advised residents to stay up to date on important information. They have also provided several phone numbers to call if assistance is needed.
The Niagara County Sheriff's Office and Emergency Management Office will be updating the Niagara Sheriff Facebook page on any new information regarding the storm. Alerts regarding the storm can be
found at the New York Alert website (www.nyalert.gov). Sign up for NY alerts at this website to
receive updates. It is the goal of the Sheriff's Office and Emergency Management Office to provide as much pertinent information regarding the storm so that residents may be prepared.
National Grid officials report they have been preparing for Hurricane Sandy since early last week and customers had been advised to take precautions and prepare for the potential for a major storm.
Representatives from New York State Electric & Gas say the sustained 40-mile-per-hour winds and gusts of 60 miles per hour or more are likely to cause serious damage to its electricity delivery system, leaving some customers without power for many days.
• To report downed power lines call 9-1-1.
• For electricity emergencies and to report power interruptions:
National Grid: 1-800-867-5222
• For natural gas emergencies and to report suspected natural gas odors:
• Time Warner Cable outage: 800-837-4966
• Verizon telephone outage: 800-504-3497
• American Red Cross
786 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14209
• Salvation Army
50 Cottage Street
Lockport, NY 14094
• Area fire departments
Barker Fire Company, 795-3011
Cambria Fire Company, 434-8948
Gasport Fire Company, 772-7751
Hartland Fire Company, 735-3283
Lockport City Fire Department, 439-6611
Middleport Fire Company, 735-7872
Miller Hose Fire Company, 778-7544
Olcott Fire Company, 778-9252
Rapids Fire Company, 434-4502
South Lockport Fire Company, 434-4626
South Wilson Fire Company, 751-6079
Terry's Corners Fire Company, 434-4800
Wendelville Fire Company, 693-4747
Wilson Fire Company, 751-6038
Wolcottsville Fire Company, 542-4422
Wrights Corners Fire Company, 433-2759
• Online resources: