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Power outage in Portville

The Westons Mills Volunteer Fire Department reroutes traffic Friday at the intersection of Route 417 and Haskell Road, where a traffic light lost power. More than 1,000 National Grid customers were affected by the outage.

PORTVILLE — Thunderstorms knocked out power to much of Portville Friday evening.

National Grid reported a widespread power outage in the town of Portville affecting more than 1,000 customers starting at 5 p.m.

Portville Town Supervisor Tim Emley said he heard of residents from Steam Valley Road to Deer Creek Road losing power, as well as some outages in the village, but that most homes had their power restored between 7:30 to 8 p.m.

“National Grid worked pretty fast,” he said.

Only about 40 customers were still affected by the outage at 9 p.m. and power was completely restored by 10 p.m., according to National Grid’s online outage map.

The power outage at 5 p.m. coincided with the Cattaraugus County 911 Center receiving a report of downed power lines on Route 417.

Photos circulated on social media showing some downed lines ablaze around Route 417 and Hillside Drive, directly next to sign for Rambling Ranch Stove and Fireplace.

Downed power lines caused firefighters, as well as New York State Police, to close off about a two-mile portion of Route 417, diverting traffic at the intersection of Dugan Road and later Haskell Road.

The Westons Mills Volunteer Fire Department, which responded to the scene, did not return a request for comment. The Portville Volunteer Fire Department deferred comment to Westons Mills firefighters.

(Contact reporter Tom Dinki at tdinki@oleantimesherald.com. Follow him on Twitter, @tomdinki)