Don't get confused by the title ("...all Batavia schools closed for the day") because Genesee Community College - all campuses - are fully open today!
Power line rubs tree limb the wrong way, all Batavia city schools closed for the day
Submitted by Howard Owens on October 30, 2012 - 8:52am
Electrical wires rubbing against a tree limb early this morning sparked a small fire at Washington and Ross streets, which led to a power outage for the area and the closure of all Batavia City Schools.
The location is directly in front of Batavia Middle School.
The school district posted this statement on its Web site this morning: "All of the schools in the Batavia City School District are closed today, October 30, due to a power line malfunction."
The fire and school closure were perhaps the most significant overnight event as a result of what was left of Superstorm Sandy passing over Genesee County.
There were only a few trees down, some power loss -- at one point, more than 1,800 National Grid customers were without power -- and a couple of utility poles fell.
The current city outage effects 178 customers. There is also an outage is South Byron for 49 customers and another in East Bethany for 23 customers.
National Grid crews are also working in Darien this morning to restore power to fewer than five homes.
As Sandy winds down, the forecast for Genesee County over the next six hours is for cloudy and windy conditions with scattered rain showers. Winds will blow east-northeast at 20 to 25 mph.
A flood watch remains in effect until noon.
The other storm damage early this morning in the city was a window was blown out on the front of Falcone Electric Supply Co., on West Main Street.