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Cleanup after the ice storm

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Albany/HV: Cleanup after the ice storm
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It was one of the worst ice storms in modern history. In 1998 Canada, Maine and Northern New York were crippled by ice, two inches in some places. More than 30 dead, billions in damage and millions without power for days, even weeks. So the lone bright spot is, that this storm, wasn't that one. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Brian Dwyer has more on the storm.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, N.Y. -- "Turning into the '98 disaster, that is very pleasing to us that we're in a lot better shape than then. It'll make our recovery efforts a lot better," said Joe Plummer, Jefferson County Emergency Management Director.

This storm initially left tens of thousands without power, but there have been no major injuries and no deaths.

The damage though, is significant.

In Jefferson County, there's a State of Emergency.

Tree limbs falling everywhere, roads and on power lines, some of those lines are down closing roads, some have landed on cars.

But overall, we're told everything could have been much worse but the lessons learned from 1998, the experience of that and of course the newer technologies have helped everyone get ready and stay on top of it.

"Yes it was 15 years ago, however there's still a lot of folks, even folks standing here to my right that lived that that are in the same situation that hey, this worked and this didn't," said Plummer.

And they have stayed on top of it here.

This is the Emergency Operations Center where all those county heads are gathering, putting heads together to help everyone solve any issues that have or may come up.

It's in the basement of the county building.

They are even taking calls from people with questions.

About shelters, travel recommendations and even farming.

Farmers learning from that '98 storm as well, getting and maintaining those generators and triple checking things like electric doors.

"As long as we don't see any long-term power outages anywhere in the county, I think we'll come through this fairly well," said Jay Matteson, Jefferson County Ag Coordinator.

Matteson says some road closures have kept milking trucks away from farms but those logistical issues are just one of many things being done underground. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP