Wednesday, March 15, 2017




Snow-shoveling fatality reported, roads slowly return to normal

Dutchess County snow plow truck, stuck on Route 343 in Millbrook, is wenched out (Photo: Chris Fay)

MID-HUDSON/CATSKILLS – Snowfall ranged from several inches to over two feet as the region came to a standstill on Tuesday. Schools, government offices and many businesses were closed.

One storm-related fatality was reported in the Town of Newburgh. Late in the afternoon, a 38-year-old man is reported to have collapsed while snow-blowing. He was taken to St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital where he died, authorities said.

During the storm as travel became treacherous, the Thruway, I-84 and Route 17 were closed to traffic. Metro-North Railroad was also shut down for a good portion of the day.

Stewart Airport remained open; however, most, if not all, flights were canceled.

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If you have a power outage or other utility-related problem, call:

  • Central Hudson at 845-452-2700 or 800-527-2714 or
  • Orange and Rockland Utilities at 877-434-4100 or
  • NYSEG electric at 800-572-1131 or



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