TRR photos by Amanda Reed 
Damage to the electricity and utility lines and poles in the region was wide-spread and gradually being repaired. 

State of emergency finally lifted

NARROWSBURG, NY — The State of Emergency declared by Sullivan County Manager Josh Potosek on May 16, was finally ended on May 21 in the towns of Tusten and Highland.

The two towns received some of the worst damage during the storms that swept the region, knocking down numerous trees and power lines. 

The emergency ended two days earlier in the towns of Bethel, Cochecton and Forestburgh, based on consultation with the supervisors of those towns.

Potosek said, “NYSEG is literally rebuilding its infrastructure in these towns. According to an assessment by the National Weather Service, Tusten and Highland endured 95 mph winds— akin to the upper limits of a Category 1 hurricane.” 

The rebuilding of the local grid continues in parts of Sullivan County. Many residents lost power for several days for the second time in 90 days.



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