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Pound Ridge Provides Water As Power Slowly Returns

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – Nearly a third of Pound Ridge NYSEG customers had their power restored by Tuesday afternoon, including the Scotts Corner Business District along Westchester Avenue.

Originally, more than 2,300 were without power, but that number has since dropped to 1,541.

“We’ve had some restoration throughout the main roads,” said Supervisor Gary Warshauer. “It’s the back and side roads that are still without power.”

NYSEG is projecting that more power will be restored by Thursday and Friday, but several streets are still under assessment, such as Horseshoe Hill Road and Long Ridge Road. It will probably be next week before all the power is restored.

Warshaurer said all roads were now passable, but that drivers should still use caution and look out for stray branches, limbs and other debris. Plus, some trees are still falling down because the ground is so saturated from the heavy rains.

One tree next to police station on Westchester Avenue toppled during the storm and crushed a police car. Another was on the verge of falling, Warshauer said, but the town was able to get a crew in and remove it before it could land on the police station.

“It was pretty dramatic,” he said.

Officials said some roads have narrow passage and can only accommodate normal-sized cars; large delivery and gas trucks would have problems.

“People looking for gas and propane deliveries for their generators should notify their companies because trucks can’t get through in some places,” said Police Chief David Ryan. “Some roads are only passable for small vehicles.”

Warshauer said the highway department and NYSEG have been working closely together to clear roads so the power company can access downed lines.

Unfortunately, no sooner had the town begun to have its power restored, it lost phone communication.

“Our service provider is trying to find the break in the fiber,” Warshauer said. “We (town officials) are all on cell phones.”

He said calls going to town officials are being redirected to 211 – the hurricane emergency line for Westchester County – until service is restored.

On Tuesday, the town was handing out bottled water and dry ice, which Warshauer said was available on a limited basis. People can also get water at the Town Park.

“If people have jugs, there’s a hose by the maintenance shed by the pool and they can fill them up,” he said.

Showers will also be available at Town Park from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily until power is restored.

Warshauer said the town is also keeping tabs on its senior citizen population during the crisis. Because the phones are down, the Are You OK automated dialing system is not working so police are going door to door to check in on seniors and shut-ins.

“We’ve had a few calls from out-of-town family members asking us to check in on them,” the supervisor said, “so we’ve done quite a few welfare checks.”

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