The Record-Review – The official newspaper of Bedford and Pound Ridge, New York

 

Tropical Storm Sandy pummels region, thousands still without power


By ANTHONY R. MANCINI

Hurricane Sandy ravaged Bedford beginning on Monday, Oct. 29, knocking out power for over 7,400 residences and littering the streets with downed trees, branches, power lines and busted transformers for days before cleanup crews could arrive.

“We are working as fast as possible on hundreds of very serious situations and thousands of downed wires,” said James Salmon, a spokesman for New York State Electric and Gas in an email to The Record-Review “This is a catastrophic event that will not pass quickly or easily.”

As of Wednesday, Oct. 31, all but seven of NYSEG’s customers in Bedford did not have power. Over 97 percent of NYSEG’s customers in Westchester lost power because of the storm. The company said repairs began that morning rather than sooner due to the dangers the storm posed for workers. NYSEG recommends avoiding all downed power lines and avoiding any standing water collecting in basements

Bedford’s residents who are served by Consolidated Edison faired slightly better, with over 200 customers maintaining power as of Wednesday. Around half of Consolidated Edison’s customers in Westchester did not have power as of Wednesday.

“This is the largest storm-related outage in our history,” said John Miksad, a senior vice president of Consolidated Edison, in a statement.

Bedford's commissioner of public works Kevin Winn said tree and branch cleanup is dependent on how fast the electric companies act on the downed lines around town.

“They need to verify that the electrical wires are deactivated.” he said.

Mr. Winn said around 50 roads have been closed around Bedford since the storm began.

Restoration to portions of Metro-North's Harlem Line was completed by Wednesday afternoon. The service return, however, only stretched upwards to the North White Plains station, leaving out the Bedford Hills and Katonah stations. A statement by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority cited problems including third rail damage by downed trees and power lines along the rails as reasons for the delay in service. The authority said in a statement that it is still too early to determine when Metro-North can operate at full service and said cleanup and repair will be an “exhaustive, time-consuming process.” Limited subway service also returned Nov. 1.

As a pre-emptive measure, Bedford town supervisor Lee Roberts issued a state of emergency for the storm on Oct. 29, officially barring motorists from traveling.

Ms. Roberts said declaring a state of emergency does not provide the town with any access to funding.

“It's just raising general alertness,” she said.

Ms. Roberts said she has only declared a state of emergency once before and does not like to use that power without good reason.

Bedford police Sgt. Matthew Hawley said that calls to the police station have been “too many to count.” He said do not contact the police to report downed trees or power lines to reserve the phone lines for emergencies.

Bedford Detective Joe Comunale said road travel should still be avoided, as the state of emergency is still in place.

In a statement, the Bedford police said that residents can stop by one of the local firehouses as a place to warm up or charge electronics. However, these locations are not being offered as overnight shelters.

“It's hazardous out there. People should stay off the road,” he said.

Westchester County executive Robert P. Astorino acknowledged that there were three deaths across the county.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the families and friends of those who were killed by this storm, which is still underway,” he said in a statement released Oct. 31.

Mr. Astorino said county workers are “working to get back to normal as quickly as possible” and recommended that residents stay off the roads unless necessary.

The county office said the Bee-Line bus service has resumed on Oct. 31, with route detours published online.

The county health department is recommending residents with private wells who were victims of flooding to boil their water before drinking any or have their water tested.

“Until well water is either disinfected or confirmed to be safe, residents and food service businesses with private wells should boil their water at a rolling boil for a minimum of one minute prior to drinking it or using it to prepare food, wash dishes by hand or brush teeth," said Dr. Sherlita Amler,Westchester’s health commissioner, in an Oct. 31 statement.

Rep. Nan Hayworth, R-Bedford, has requested in an open letter to the governor that damage assessments of the Hudson Valley be completed as soon as possible. She said if the area is declared a major disaster by the state, it would allow local governments to have access to funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“I will continue to support local requests for assistance as we recover from the storms and to facilitate consistent cooperation between local, state and federal officials,” the congresswoman said.


Read more local coverage of your hometown in this week’s issue of the The Record-Review. Newsstand copies are available at several locations listed above, or subscribe today for convenient home delivery.

HOME     |     SUBSCRIBE     |     ADVERTISE     |     NEWSROOM     |     CONTACT

The official newspaper of the towns of Bedford and Pound Ridge, New York

NEWSSTAND LOCATIONS

Single copies $1.00

ARCHIVES

November 2, 2012

‘Pops, Patriots and Fireworks’

Pound Ridge/Scotts Corners

  1. Scotts Corner Market – Trinity Corners Shopping Center;  55 Westchester Avenue

  2. Pound Ridge Sunoco — 66 Westchester Avenue    

  3. Sam Parker Country Market — 257 Westchester Avenue    


Bedford Village

  1. Bedford Rexall Pharmacy — Hunting Ridge Mall; 424 Old Post Road  

  2. Village Green Deli — Village Green; Routes 22 and 172    

  3. Bedford Shell — Routes 22 and 172 (at blinking light); 848 So. Bedford Road

  4. Village Service Center —193 Pound Ridge Road (at Long Ridge Road intersection)    


Bedford Hills

  1. Bedford Hills Deli – 7 Babbitt Road    

  2. Bueti’s Deli – 526 Bedford Road (Route 117)


Katonah

  1. NoKA Joe’s – 25 Katonah Avenue    

  2. Steger’s Paper Mill – 89 Katonah Avenue    

  3. Katonah Pharmacy – Katonah Shopping Center; 294 Katonah Avenue   

  4. Bagel Shoppe – Katonah Shopping Center; 280 Katonah Avenue    

  5. Katonah Sunoco – 105 Bedford Road


Mount Kisco

  1. Teamo/Mt. Kisco News – 239 Main Street    


Cross River

  1. Bagel Boys Café – Cross River Shopping Center; Routes 121 and 35    

  2. Cross River Shell Station – Route 35    

  3. Cameron’s Deli –  890 Route 35    

The Record-Review is available

at these locations: