Binghamton area residents are being advised to watch out for potential price gouging in the aftermath of the powerful storms that caused widespread damaging and power outages.

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Tuesday warned consumers and businesses of a law that prohibits "excessive" price increases in essential goods and services after a natural disaster.

An advisory issued by Schneiderman's office indicated things like tree removal and water and flood damage repair are covered under the price gouging ban.

In the statement, Schneiderman said "dishonest fraudsters see severe storms as an opportunity to take advantage of those in need."

People who believe they have encountered price gouging may contact Schneiderman's office at 800.771.7755.

Residents who need assistance in dealing with storm-related issues are advised to shop around. They are encouraged to obtain at least three estimates from reputable contractors.

Cleanup and power restoration work continued around the region. Utilities indicated it could take several days before full electric service is restored to some of the hardest-hit areas.

Johnson City village employees worked to remove storm damage on Grand Avenue. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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