POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – The nor’easter that swept through the area Wednesday night left motorists stranded along state roads, knocked power out to some homes that were just getting it back and resulted in damage to a Pound Ridge police car.
“The roads were just a disaster,” said Pound Ridge Deputy Supervisor John Powers. “The storm came right at rush hour. There were all kinds of horror stories of people taking four hours to get from point A to point B when it would usually just take them 20 minutes”
Powers said that a lot of people just left their cars along the roadsides.
“They were picked up today,” he said. “Yesterday, you couldn’t get a tow truck. They were having a hard time getting through. They had too many calls, and you had to be put on a list.”
The Pound Ridge Police Department was not immune to the awful driving conditions. One of its patrol cars slid off the road and collided with a boulder. There were no injuries, but the vehicle received body damage and a broken axle, Powers said. Its currently in the shop being repaired.
At one point Wednesday evening, the town’s 911 emergency call system shut down.
“911 was overwhelmed with too many calls,” Powers said. “You just couldn’t get through. Of course, that wasn’t just us; that was everyone.”
Powers said that when the storm hit, about one-third of Pound Ridge was still without power because of Hurricane Sandy. About 10 percent of those who had had their power restored lost it again thanks to the nor’easter. Fortunately, most of those residents were quickly put back on line. Powers said that even more Pound Ridge NYSEG customers will have their electricity back Friday.
“About half of those who still don’t have power should have it Friday,” he said. “We don’t know the exact numbers. We are still waiting for a report from NYSEG.”
Donna Simons, a Pound Ridge resident who has been volunteering for the town throughout the Hurricane Sandy crisis, said Thursday was a chaotic day.
“I was resting easy that I had my power back, and then we lost it again along the south end of Westchester Avenue,” she said. “We had had power back for about one-and-a-half days and I was finally ready to sit down and answer some emails when it went off again. I saw the fire truck outside and thought, ‘Oh, no!’ It kept going on and off – they were fixing a transformer. I tell you, it was really crazy last night.”