The Village continues our recovery efforts from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which battered most of the east coast. The 60 MPH sustained winds and 75-80 MPH gusts resulting in hundreds of felled trees and branches and the loss of electrical power to over 4,500 of the 6,025 (75%) Con Edison customers in Scarsdale. The storm also caused over 60 roadways or portions of roads to be closed due to felled trees, electrical power lines or a combination thereof.
Village Hall lost power and the Village’s communications were severely limited due to storm damage to Village infrastructure. The Village lost phone and internet services at Village Hall and the Police/Fire Headquarters including the Emergency Operations Center due to multiple breaks in Cablevision’s Lightpath fiber-optic cables. Fortunately, the Village was able to temporarily convert fax lines into phones lines at these locations to communicate with the public via the Emergency Notification System and provide a line for residents to call the Emergency Operations Center to report storm related issues.
Although Village Hall lost power, it remained open for business and staff was available to answer questions from residents and take reports of downed trees and power lines. As of Tuesday, Village Hall’s power, phone and internet services have been restored and the Village has returned to normal business activity.
Before, during and after the storm Village officials have particpated in daily conference calls with the Westchester County Office of Emergency Management and Con Edison. The Village has continually requested additional Con Ed crews to cut power lines, clear roads and restore power. Village officials have also been in contact with Assemblywoman Paulin for assistance in getting additional Con Ed crews in Scarsdale. Some of these efforts were successful, however most were not.
Currently, there are 2,308 customers without power in the Village and Con Ed continues to report the date of November 9 for full restoration in Scarsdale and November 11 for county-wide restoration. Due to the current weather conditions, Con Ed discontinued their restoration work at 5:00 PM today, so this November 9 date may be delayed. For those residents that currently have power, your power may be temporary disconnected while Con Edison works to repair and restore power to a larger service area.
If you are concerned about the water pipes in your home freezing due to the lack of heat, please be aware that pipes do not normally freeze unless temperatures are below 32 degrees for at least 48 hours. Temperatures are expected to rise above the freezing mark tomorrow, so this should not be an issue.
Sections of three roads remain closed, all due to down electrical power lines; Cambridge Road from Mamaroneck to Oxford Roads, Bansom Road at Myrtledale Road, and Rock Creek Lane at Spruce Lane. Alternate access to and from these roads is available for residents and other motorist. We are working with the utility company to open these roads as soon as possible.
The Scarsdale Public Library will continue to have extended hours from 9 AM to 9 PM until Thursday, November 8. The Village will consider maintaining these extended hours for Friday, November 9 and into the weekend pending the number of remaining power outages in the Village. The Library is available as a warming station with free coffee and movies in the Scott Room. Residents may charge their cell phones and other electronic devices and internet service is now available as well. WiFi is still unavailable.
The Village of Scarsdale and the Hebrew Home at Riverdale have partnered to provide senior citizens affected by Hurricane Sandy with temporary shelter at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale. Private rooms with full baths in their assisted living facility are available at no cost. The Hebrew Home at Riverdale is also providing hot meals for those in need. Limited transportation to the facility may also be available. For more information contact Deborah Messina at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale at 800-567-3646.
The State of Emergency is still in effect and will remain so until further notice to provide the Village certain latitude if necessary during our continued clean-up and restoration efforts. Please continue to call the Emergency Operations Center at 722-1150 for storm related issues.
Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation during this difficult period.