POUND RIDGE, N.Y – Nearly three days after Hurricane Sandy passed through Westchester County, the town of Pound Ridge remains in the dark as nearly every NYSEG customer is still without power. As of Wednesday evening, power had not been restored to a single customer since the blackout struck on Monday.
“NYSEG has not started any restorations,” said Supervisor Gary Warshauer. “We are trying to coordinate with them, but it’s been difficult at best.”
Internet service in town has also been lost, creating a communication problem for officials.
“We can’t send out any messages on our website or through Twitter,” Warshauer said. “People can call the Town House for information at (914) 764-5511 or the police department at (914) 764-4206.”
Warshauer added that many of Pound Ridge’s roads remain impassable; however, a few streets have been cleared:
- Upper Shad Road is open from Westchester Avenue to Long Ridge Road
- High Ridge Road/Route 137 is open from Upper Shad Road to Westchester Avenue to Pound Ridge Road/Route 172
- Westchester Avenue is open from Scotts Corners to the Town House and to Pound Ridge Road/Route 172
- Pound Ridge Road/Route 172 is open from Westchester Avenue all the way to Northern Westchester Hospital
- Long Ridge Road is open, minimally passable, from Upper Shad Road into downtown Stamford
Scotts Corners and its restaurants are without power; however, Warshauer said that if residents can get to Stamford or New Canaan, they will find open restaurants if they’re looking for a place to eat. He did caution that driving at night is dangerous because downed wires and trees may be difficult to see.
The Town House, which has power thanks to a back-up generator, remains open 24/7 as a warming center and a place to charge electronic devices such as laptops and cell phones. It is also where residents can go to pick up dry ice and bottled water.
“We have minimal supplies of those,” he said. “So people should call the Town House first to make sure before they venture out.”