Heavy Destruction in Elmira

By Erika Mahoney

July 26, 2012 Updated Jul 27, 2012 at 6:10 AM EDT

City of Elmira, NY (WBNG Binghmaton) There are over 6,200 people without power in the city of Elmira alone, which is more than the number of people without power in all of Broome County.

The city is under curfew until 8 a.m. Friday.

Another major issue is the high number of fallen trees, blocking roads, and even crashing into cars and homes.

Residents on East Second Street said they are grateful to be alive, despite the severe damage to their properties.

"We were in my sister's bedroom, and then we just heard a big bang and we looked out the window, there was a giant tree out there," said resident Cherik Botle.

That tree crashed through his garage roof.

Just down the road, another tree crashed into a neighbor's garage too.

"It's a big disaster area, it's a big mess," said resident Mealio Williams. "Usually a lot of trees down here and everything is pretty much gone now."

Chemung County is in a state of emergency and according to our media partners at WENY-TV, hospitals are on disaster status.

The parking lot at the Weis grocery store on East Second, has been turned into what is called a "stage," where fire personnel from Ithaca, Corning and Elmira have come together.

The City of Corning Fire Chief says the storm is very significant, and they planned on conducting a search tonight to make sure all people are accounted for.

"We are staging all of the units from outside of the City of Elmira to handle emergencies here in Elmira," said Corning Fire Chief John Tighe. "A number of wire emergencies, gas emergencies..."

As the rain died down, people came outside to help each other out, and beginning the cleanup process.