WESTERN, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol is requesting there be no unnecessary travel in the Hamlet of Westernville as crews are working to remove debris caused by Thursday’s tornado.
“Curious observers and onlookers are attempting to get a view of the destruction but at the same time they are getting in the way of the debris and tree removal and greatly hindering their work,” Maciol said.
The Sheriff’s Office has designated patrol units assigned to Westernville since the tornado struck keeping unauthorized vehicles out of the area.
Deputies are only allowing local residents, first responders, work crews, and volunteers into the affected neighborhoods.
The Sheriff will have Deputies remain in Westernville until the local officials are comfortable with opening up the roadways.
The National Weather Service’s survey of the damage determined an EF-1 was on the ground for more than two miles in Westernville Thursday evening.