Jamestown Thunderstorm Cleanup Efforts.

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JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – A surprise storm ravaged the Southern Tier with over three inches of rain, hail, and lightning strikes Monday afternoon, leaving first responders with their hands full. 

Starting just after 1 p.m. yesterday, crews began getting calls city-wide for storm related flooding and damages.

The Jamestown BPU reported a pole and lines were down and on fire on Dunn Avenue just after 2 p.m.

They also reported that lightning had struck a telephone pole on Jefferson and 3rd Streets causing a fire, crews then had to extinguish the flames and cut off the top of the pole. 

Multiple reports of flooding came in from around the city with two thoroughfares closed for over 18 inches of flooding.  

“We were notified about some trees down in the area with some wires entangled in them,” explained Jamestown Fire Chief Matt Coon. “We also responded to several calls of flooded basements, and over the time period between 1:15 this afternoon and 6:30 p.m. this evening, Jamestown Fire Department responded to 32 calls for service. 24 of them were for flooded basements, three were for trees entangled in power lines, two were transformer fires, and the others were fire alarms that resulted in no fires, but just related to storm conditions.”

The Fire Chief also said there were no reported injuries related to the storm.

Crews were able to restore all electrical issues by 4 p.m. Monday.


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