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One year since windstorm swept through Rochester

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) - Thursday marks one year since a powerful windstorm tore through our region, leaving thousands in the dark.

Trees fell on homes and roads, power lines were toppled, and many homes and businesses were left without power for days.

One of the hardest hit towns was Irondequoit. Town Supervisor Dave Seeley tells us the storm did between $600,000 and $700,000 in damages.

But, he adds, one uplifting thing to come from the storm was neighbors helping each other in a time of need.

"I think this community wants to be there for one another," says Seeley. "I think they realize that we don't live in silos; we're part of a larger community. To the degree that people were there for one another, it was very refreshing, but not unexpected."

New York State did secure $2 million to reimburse local municipalities after the clean-up. The Public Service Commission found several violations by RG&E including improper damage assessment in the early stages of the storm.

Seeley tells us his crews didn't get much time off once windstorm clean-up was complete. The Lake Ontario shoreline flooding started right after that and the town ramped up its sandbag operation.


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