Storm Cleanup In Lakewood Continues

LAKEWOOD – Crews were still in Lakewood on Tuesday morning following a powerful Labor Day storm that knocked out power and uprooted trees near Chautauqua Lake.

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Buffalo confirmed that a microburst hit a small stretch of the lake shoreline near Terrace Avenue at about 1 p.m.

The storm caused power outages for almost 8,000 customers, the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities and National Grid reported. Most customers had their power restored by Monday night.

Highway crews from several towns and numerous tree service companies were spotted in the village Tuesday. Much of the reported damage occurred along Terrace Avenue near the lake.

Several large trees were said to have been uprooted in the fast-moving storm. One of the trees struck a barn, and another landed on a pickup truck.

Powerlines throughout the area also were struck from falling trees and branches, village officials said.

Tom Pilling, village of Lakewood Department of Public Works supervisor, said cleanup began in earnest Tuesday morning and could last several days. He said the fire department was able to respond Monday afternoon for most reports of trees and powerlines down, which allowed most village workers to begin cleanup efforts Tuesday.