Many of the Elmira area homes and businesses hit by Thursday’s fierce storm and accompanying tornado have recovered, but some still remain without electricity, according to the Chemung County Office of Fire and Emergency Services. NYSEG reported that power is back in about 95% of the homes. Some 2,000 homes–many suffering severe destruction are still without power and may not get it restored until some major construction work is completed. Over 90 utility poles were destroyed in the storm. Another major problem hampering getting the power restored is the large number of downed trees. Code inspections of damaged buildings continued today. Code officers have identified at least 16 homes in Chemung County that are uninhabitable. NYSEG closed its dry ice and bottled water distribution center at the New Beginnings Methodist Church yesterday but the Ernie Davis School distribution site will remain open until 8 p.m. Monday evening; NYSEG will also open a distribution site at its Horseheads office. Red Cross damage teams will be assessing and working one-on-one with individuals to provide assistance. Emergency food stamps are expected to be available through the Chemung County Department of Social Services.
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