LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Firefighters in York and Caledonia kept a watchful eye over vulnerable neighbors during this week’s wind storm and recovery.
Several elderly residents came to emergency shelters at the York Town Hall and J. W. Jones Hall in Caledonia for warm meals. Firefighters pumped flooded basements through the night Wednesday, with calls for service tapering off by 9 a.m. Thursday. Due to round-the-clock work by utility crews, lights are back on for all of Caledonia and most of York.
“The fire department went above and beyond,” said York Town Supervisor Gerald Demming. “They would go back two and three times to check houses, especially the elderly.”
Firefighters proactively checked residents’ health while taking dozens of emergency calls.
“We were called for a gas meter going off at 1:30 a.m. and noticed that this elderly woman felt extremely cold,” said Caledonia Fire Chief Mike Churchill. “We took her back to the fire hall with us to warm up.”
York and Caledonia firefighters pumped basements that flooded due to disabled sump pumps. In general, Livingston County’s first responders were grateful that the County was spared the most severe damage.
“Ultimately it’s going to be a slow process but we’re not like other areas that have been in the cold for days and days,” said Churchill. “We’re fortunate that that was the case for us.”