Police: Respect the Cones, Barricades, Tape

Tarrytown Lieutenant William Herguth urges citizens to please continue to stay safe as you drive and walk the villages.

Many citizens of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown are still home from work with trains down and school out of session. Perhaps you have no power and need to get out to charge your devices (for a growing list of options for that click here), or perhaps you're just restless and feel the need to explore.

To those who may wander through areas suffering storm damages, Tarrytown Lieutenant William Herguth has one message he keeps repeating for the people: please please please respect the barricades, tape and cones emergency response crews have erected around the village.

“They are there for a reason,” he said. Herguth said that particularly in the neighborhood hit hardest by Sandy – in the Crest area – he’s heard reports of people bypassing and moving aside tape and barricades to walk through.

“People should not be walking around or through tape and barricades,” Herguth said. “You’ve got to stay safe.”

There could still be live wires on the streets, Herguth said. While DPW crews have cleaned up and reopened Benedict Avenue and Highland, many areas police listed yesterday are still blocked.

DPW often works in conjuction with Con Edison to remove trees and wires, but if Con Edison hasn’t come yet to turn off the power, than crews can’t do much. Con Edison, said Herguth, will also sometimes work on downed trees themselves, depending on the situation.

So far, the status of any power restoration to villagers out remains "pending." Con Edison has reported restoration could take up to a week for Westchester.

Herguth said the Tarrytown Fire Department was on site to keep watch around dangerous spots in the Crest neighborhood and keep folks at a safe distance.

An officer is stationed at the traffic light that is out at the busy intersection of Route 119 and South Broadway, so please exercise caution here.

Another large area that is out of power and suffering blocked roads is the Pennybridge area, said Herguth. Poles are wires are still down here as well.

Luckily, there have been no calls for storm-related incidents or accidents in Sandy’s aftermath, Hergurth said.

Stay tuned for an update on Sleepy Hollow to come. What are conditions like in your neighborhood? Share your experience and photos here.

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Krista Madsen (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 04:44 PM
County Executive Rob Astorino just addressed frustration of area DPW crews in the NYC press conference, as they are ready to clear things but can't do much with live wires still down.
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