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01-12-1998

Clarkson University Provides Shelter For Community And Support For Over 500 Utility Workers In Northern N.y. Federal Disaster Area

POTSDAM, N.Y.-- In the wake of Ice Storm 1998, Clarkson University has become a home- away-from-home for community members and more than 500 utility workers from the eastern United States, in the northern New York state Federal Disaster Area.

Many local residents, including a number of senior citizens, are living in an on-campus shelter, sharing meals with the utility workers. The American Red Cross, has also set up its county disaster operations office on the Clarkson campus.

University counselors are also living in the shelter, providing services for any of the shelter residents, students or staff.

Niagara Mohawk, Bell Atlantic and many other electrical, telephone and tree removal workers are being fed hot meals 24-hours a day, provided with shower facilities and housed on the Clarkson campus in the hard-hit St. Lawrence County.

Clarkson University students are on winter break, but a number of graduate students, many from countries around the world, are staying in the on-campus shelter.

Clarkson students, scheduled to return to campus from break late this week, are asked to call the University after Wednesday at noon at 315-268-6638, before coming back to campus, as St. Lawrence County is still in a State of Emergency and much power has not been restored.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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