LYONS, N.Y. (WROC) — It’s been nearly three weeks and there’s still no power at a Wayne County mobile home park, and with temperatures reaching back into the 90s, Monday was not easy on residents living there.
Lyons Town Supervisor Jake Emmel says there’s been years of electrical problems that have plagued the Canal Side Mobile Home Park on Old Lyons Road, namely naked power lines, old equipment, and power surges. It was not an easy decision to cut the power.
“It was a safety situation, if a fire broke out, somebody could’ve gotten killed. Then somebody’s in real big trouble,” says Emmel.
Emmel says it’s up to the owner, Phil Provenzano, to make repairs within park. In the meantime, the town and school are helping residents with humanitarian support until power is back.
“I don’t know how fast they’re working. We’ll still take the water out, the school will still take the snacks out, and we’ll get them some gas for their generators. I think we will continue doing what we’re doing and helping when we can. You know it’s just the right thing to do. You have to help,” Emmel says.
Richard Bogan, the town Code Enforcer, says the severe electric problems at the park, going back to at least 2017, came to a head when the heat hit in early this month. “Power surges, brown outs, and a decision was made after consultation with the Fire Chief, that it was an imminent fire hazard,” says Bogan.
NYSEG has added a new pole and installed a new transformer, construction costs that have since been covered. But there still remains work to be done within the park itself. There’s also the matter of raw sewage under at least one home cited by the State Health Department.
“The power will be restored when the owners finish their construction and present a valid certificate from an electrical inspection agency,” says Bogan.