Fellow Residents -
The morning is upon us, and the parameters of the storm aftermath are clearer now. Con Edison reports this as their biggest outage in history, with more than 600,000 residences out. At least 7 million people are without power in the metro and NJ region. The devastation is broad and significant.
In our village, the following is known:
* No one was injured or killed, though several have had to be evacuated from damaged homes.
* It is still dangerous out. ALL DOWNED LINES SHOULD BE ASSUMED POWERED AND IMMEDIATELY LETHAL IF TOUCHED. And you don't need to touch a line to be killed: puddles, car bodies, fences and anything else that conducts electricity will do you in. If you MUST be out with children or pets, respect the yellow tape and steer clear of anything hanging. Trees can still come down in the remaining gusts, and as the ground gets wetter, are LIKELY to. It is not yet time to let the kids go wandering.
* Two-thirds of the Village is without power. Two Con Edison crews are already here - which is excellent news - but do not expect repowering any time soon. Think "days". There are countless downed lines and areas have to be depowered so that trees can be removed.
* Fifteen homes suffered strikes by falling trees or limbs, including four that suffered major structural damage.
* At least fourteen streets are closed due to downed limbs, including Broadway from Villard to Main, Broadway from the split south to Yonkers, Jefferson, Hopke, Fairlane, Wilson Place, Lefurgy Terrace, Hillside School, Kent, Cochrane, Horner, Lincoln, Overlook, Clinton at Ravensdale and others. The Mt. Hope hill area was exceptionally hit.
* Water is safe to drink - no health advisory.
* Please DO NOT call the police with an expectation for updates on power, etc. They don't know and they have plenty of other things to worry about.
ONLY call with true emergencies, 478-2344.
* A&P is closed and without power. Stores on Warburton are open and with power.
* If you want to charge your phone, please feel free to drop them at the Municipal Building and we will accommodate as best we can.
* We'll draw a judgement about Halloween later tonight - lets see what the state of the power lines are tonight. Please set expectations accordingly and blame it on me. Needless to say, if your teenaged charmers are considering misbehaving tomorrow night, our police force is run ragged and not in the best of humor for that sort of behavior. The holding cells are, in fact, powered AND empty.
We will attempt to ensure these emails are posted within an hour of issuance at the Community Center on the window facing out, on the bulletin board on the wall at the Municipal Building, and on the door of the library. I hope to issue one at noon and at 9PM for the next two days and then daily afterwards. Please print these out and circulate with those who are entirely out of communications.
And this is the first of a series of deep thanks to our first responders.
Your volunteer Fire Department was up and out all night at significant risk to themselves, as was many of the police and DPW. We are fortunate to have the benefits of their excellent service and good will.
Remember: patience, a sense of humor and resiliency, and generosity.
We're through the worst and now, we dig out.