Storm Wrecks Tree, Shuts Down Power to Part of Cold Spring

Route 9D closed in part

By Liz Schevtchuk Armstrong

A heavy thunderstorm knocked out power about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday in part of Cold Spring, in the same neighborhood where a fire had destroyed a historic High Street home 24 hours earlier. A power outage also affected Nelsonville.

Crews worked on utility lines on Morris Avenue Wednesday afternoon. Photo by L.S. Armstrong

Crews worked on utility lines on Morris Avenue Wednesday afternoon. Photo by L.S. Armstrong

In the storm, the trunk of a large tree sheared off and the upper section fell across Northern Avenue, blocking the road alongside McConville Park. As it came down, the tree took off the top of a utility pole, according to an unofficial report from a utility worker on the scene on Wednesday.

Route 9D-Morris Avenue was closed at the traffic light at Main Street north to the Fair Street intersection by Little Stony Point on Wednesday morning as utility employees began to clear the tree and work toward a restoration of service to the surrounding area. A NY Alert message issued shortly before noon estimated that the street would remain shut until approximately 3 p.m.

Smaller branches, from other trees victimized by the storm, littered Morris Avenue.

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