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Lyons mobile home park residents still in dark

With power not expected to be restored anytime soon, officials are attempting to help beleaguered residents of the Canalside Mobile Home Park on Old Lyons Road, which has had its power cut off for more than a week because of safety issues involving the park’s electrical distribution system.

On Friday and Saturday, the Lyons Central School District turned its air-conditioned high school gymnasium into a cooling station. The gym was opened from noon to 8 p.m., when those seeking refuge were provided snacks, water and movies, said Lyons School Superintendent Donald Putnam.

Putnam said he and Lyons Town Supervisor Jake Emmel went to each house in the mobile home park to tell them of the cooling station’s availability.

“We have since gone back out and have provided ice to our families in need,” said Putnam on Friday. “We will be going back out tomorrow (Saturday) and do another ice run.”

Putnam said the district is also offering students in the park free lunches through its Literacy Lunchbox program, which travels to spots in the district to provide meals and book reading.

Officials project that power will be restored by July 30. A crew at the aging mobile home park has been digging trenches where new electrical lines will be buried.

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