Post-storm power outage takes West Seneca neighborhood by surprise


The worst of the wind storm was over when residents here on Crofton Court in West Seneca lost their power. We caught up with some of them and despite the inconvenience they’re staying positive.

Liz Hallman was one of many West Seneca residents who thought they were in the clear Monday night. “I was thanking God I had power because some of my coworkers did not,” she said.  “So then at 6:30 last night it went out and has never come back on.”

Just down the road, Bill Jemiolo was staying at his father’s house.  He brought his family in from Orchard Park  where they had just lost power.  “We just said, we’ll go over to grandma and grandpa’s house.  At least they have power and it’s warm over there,” said Jemiolo. “We we’re just about to sit down and have some Chinese food and the power goes out again.” 

Those we spoke with say they haven’t experienced a prolonged outage like this in some time. “It’s interesting,” said Jemiolo.  “I feel like we haven’t seen something like this since the October storm.” 

Both NYSEG and National Grid have been busy to say the least, over the past few days. “You see everybody working hard like the power companies,” said Jemiolo.  “Obviously you’re frustrated and you wish the power was on but they’re doing everything they can.” 

And neighbors says while it’s certainly an inconvenience, the workers’ safety comes first.  “As long as they stay safe we’ll all get by,” said Hallman. “We’re Buffalonians, we can do this. We always do.” 

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