2015-07-16 / Front Page

Power outage hits county seat

Eric Gross

A power outage hit the Putnam County seat and surrounding area Monday afternoon, knocking out electric service for more than two hours.

Shortly before 2 p.m. a transformer exploded, knocking down an  electric wire on Seminary Hill Road and Willow Road causing a brush fire that interrupted electric service to thousands of Carmel and Kent area residents and businesses.

The entire downtown area of Carmel was in the dark on the hottest day of the summer. The Putnam Office Building lost power along with stores and shops along the Route 52 – Route 6 – Gleneida Avenue corridor.

Carmel FD personnel were summoned to the fire call before being redirected to the Hillcrest senior citizens housing complex north of the ShopRite Plaza when several people became stuck in elevators. The elderly residents remained calm until they were freed a short time later by Carmel and Lake Carmel FD personnel who responded under mutual aid.

NYSEG said 20 percent of the Town of Kent was affected by the outage while 10 percent of the Town of Carmel was plunged into darkness due to the interruption.

Power was restored at 4 p.m.



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