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Wayne Post
  • Locals relieved to miss the worst of Sandy

  • As many in Monroe County are still without power, most east side residents say they are relieved to have avoided severe devastation from superstorm Sandy.



    Peter Casartelli lives on Willow Bend Drive in Penfield. This morning, he got up and walked outside to take out the garbage.

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  • As many in Monroe County are still without power, most east side residents say they are relieved to have avoided severe devastation from superstorm Sandy.
    Peter Casartelli lives on Willow Bend Drive in Penfield. This morning, he got up and walked outside to take out the garbage.
    "It was so calm, it was like nothing ever happened," he said.
    On Monday, he and his family prepared for the storm by stocking up on batteries, flashlights and food while keeping a close eye on the weather report. They lost power for several minutes but not long enough to use their generator as a backup.
    "I was very relieved because of the previous experience with other storms," Casartelli said, noting the ice storm that struck the region in the early 1990s. "Losing power is not fun no matter what your circumstances — it's a whole change to how you live."
    It was reported that 19,100 people are without power in Monroe County, 6,965 in Webster. There are also 2,679 people without power in Wayne County and 676 in Ontario County.
    Area school districts, including Fairport, Penfield, East Rochester, Henrietta, Brighton, Irondequoit, Webster and Greece are closed Tuesday.
    Gretchen Lukhaup is a teacher in the Rochester City school district. Since school was canceled for her and her daughter, Isabel Fonticiella, 7, they celebrated by going out to breakfast at Take-A-Break Restaurant in East Rochester.
    "I'm excited to have a day off, and I'm glad we didn't have the disaster here. We're really grateful everybody's okay," Lukhaup said. "It's like a bonus day."
    No injuries or fatalities have been reported in the area.
    Although there was no significant flooding associated with this weather event, high winds coupled with driving rain have caused more than 20,000 residents to be without power this morning.
    A county-wide state of emergency that was in effect for all Monroe County towns and villages, including the City of Rochester, was lifted Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. Emergency shelters which were activated as a result of this storm will be closed.
    The Dome Arena will remain open until the County Executive is assured that all affected residents are able to return to their homes. Residents who utilized the shuttle service will be provided transportation back to their pick-up location.
    A mandatory evacuation of select lakeshore residents remains in effect until the damage can be assessed.
    The storm also had an impact on local businesses, as many closed as a precaution.
    Neil Clark is the owner of Towpath Cafe, in Fairport. When rain and strong winds approached on Monday evening, he closed the coffee shop early.
    "I had maybe six customers here and I told them to go home," he said. "For me, if I don't have business there's no sense in being open."
    Page 2 of 2 - While business was slow at the cafe this morning, Clark said he was relieved the damage wasn't as severe locally as it was on the east coast.
    Clark did say he was disappointed when the storm changed his plans to see Bruce Springsteen, whose concert was postponed until Wednesday.
    Fairport resident Trish Lorenzo also said she was happy to have dodged a bullet with Sandy. Her household was braced for the storm with candles and flashlights, but didn't lose power.
    As many recover from the damage, Lorenzo said she's thankful to be safe.
    "I guess it's the neighborhood you're in," she said.  
     

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