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Officials open shelter for Copake residents hit hard by snow storm
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COPAKE - Some of the leaves on the trees gracing Bernice O’Connell’s property in Copake are still green, but below them a coating of white about 8 inches worth.

“It was kind of a surprise. I just cleaned up from the last storm,” said O’Connell.

A surprise because Bernice hasn't been paying attention to the forecast, but this is the last thing she says she needed after tropical storm Irene left her mark in the area.

Many town residents in Copake were trying to clean up this morning. The October snow storm weighed heavily on tree limbs many of them snapped and went crashing down on power lines and even a car.

Several people woke up without power and it could stay that way for several days and because of that, town supervisor Reggie Crowley is turning town hall into a shelter with the help of the American Red Cross.

“The red cross has brought down cots. We're going to have food and stuff here people can come and get warm” Crowley said.

Crowley says the town is still recovering from tropical storm Irene. Things are not quite back to normal yet and this storm will slow their progress down.

Crowley added that “the only thing we haven't had in Copake is a volcanic eruption. This is really the last thing we needed.”

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