The clean-up continues in the Southern Tier Tuesday after three separate tornadoes touched down over the weekend. A state of emergency is still in effect in the Village of Randolph and will remain in place for a few more days. Crews have been working around the clock clearing up debris and repairing downed power lines.
"We're been running 15 hours each day for the last three days," said Bill Bentley of F. Taylor Tree Service. "A group of companies came together shortly after the storm and we've already taken around 80 - 100 trees off houses, barns, and garages."
An EF-2 Tornado landed near the Town of Chautauqua and Mayville just before 5 p.m. Saturday night. The twister had wind speeds of up to 125 mph as it tore though the Southern Tier, leaving damage in its wake. Around 5:20 p.m., a second EF-2 tornado hit the Town of Randolph, knocking down trees and damaging structures as it moved through. Just before 6 p.m. Saturday, a third tornado, an EF-1, touched down in the Town of Carrollton in Cattaraugus County. The twister moved through into the Village of Allegany, leaving behind damaged trees and buildings.
Local government is now hoping for some federal assistance.
"We're hoping to meet the dollar amount threshold that F.E.M.A. Needs," said Village of Randolph Mayor Daniel Maclaughlin. "I've already spoken with Senator Schumer's Office today and they've been very helpful and are trying to find funds."