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Police: Storm Sandy's Trees, No Injuries

Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow sum up the latest conditions and what they've been up to in the last, long, 24 hours. Halloween trick-or-treating is postponed until Friday.

From the desk of Sleepy Hollow Police Chief Gregory Camp comes this round-up of Monday and early Tuesday:

From 8 a.m on Monday to 8 a.m. on Tuesday, the police department responded to over 50 calls for service, mostly relating to storm related events.

  • 26 calls reporting downed trees or wires
  • 4 calls reporting trees down on residences or residential property, including a call for 124 Hunter Avenue – tree-breached residence, extensive damage
  • 3 calls reporting tree or branch damages to vehicles
  • several Fire Department responses for wires, transformers on fire
  • Hudson River surged over banks into Ichabod Landing; residential evacuation about 9 p.m. on Monday night.
  • River Street in front of Village Garage had 6-8 feet of water during the surge

Present conditions:

Numerous power outages

  • Power mainly available Beekman Ave. to Tarrytown line, between Rt. 9 and Hudson River. Some other areas of vallage may have power, most of the village without power.

Traffic lights inoperable along Route 9 (exception Rt. 9 @ Depeyster is working)

  • Rt 9 @ Pierson – lanes reduced to one lane each direction with cones
  • Rt 9 @ Pocantico – lanes reduced to one lane, police officer assigned
  • Rt 9 @ Bedford/Beekman – southbound lane reduced to one lane, police officer assigned to location

Several road closures:

  • Sleepy Hollow Rd closed from Webber to village line – numerous trees down/wires
  • County House Rd closed between Bedford Rd and village line Tarrytown – tree/wires
  • Gordon Ave closed at Dell St, tree and wires down
  • Fremont at Hemlock s/w intersection – trees/wires
  • Other roads have trees or wires reducing passage – barricades/cones or caution tape

Other road info:

  • Bedford Road at Rt 117 has a tree down
  • Route 117 is open
  • Route 9 is open

Con Edison:

Chief Camp reported no Con Edison activity at this time [10:30 a.m. Monday] and he was "awaiting their arrival for assessment and repairs."

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In Tarrytown, Lieutenant William Herguth offered the following update this afternoon:

From 12:07 p.m. Monday when storm-related calls started coming in through about 7 a.m. Tuesday, Herguth reported receiving 68 calls, making it a "busy night."

"We didn't respond to an awful lot as far as injuries," said Herguth. "We assisted people." In fact, he said there were no storm-related injuries reported, only the usual ailments. Herguth attributes the accident-free night to "people pretty much staying home and heeding the warnings."

The storm day began at 12:07 p.m. Monday when police received their first call for a tree down. 

One and half hours later there was another tree down. 

One hour later, another tree. 

There were several tree vs. house incidents but just "leaning on houses, no real crushing," Herguth said. Though a branch did break a house window.

Between the hours of 1:30 and 8 p.m., Herguth said they received the most calls for a total of:

  • 18 trees across, or partially blocking, roadways
  • 5 areas with live wires down

Clear, or almost clear now:

  • South Broadway near Irvington border, is now cleared
  • Benedict near Rosehill and Highland, almost clear

The worst area?

Herguth said the Crest neighborhood is perhaps the most impacted with poles down and wires. Con Edison is working on it now, he said.

Fire calls went out but not for fires, reported Herguth. Alarms sounded due to power dips and outages falsely triggering alarms. 

Herguth reminded citizens who are out and about walking and driving to continue heeding the warnings. Tape, cones and barricades, he said, are all there as signs indicating something is wrong and to stay away.

"If you see a barricade, and given the circumstances, it's a foolish thing to do to cross it," Herguth said.

Which brings us to the question of Halloween trick or treating. 

Both villages have declared Friday night as the official night to do this with your kids, giving crews a chance to clear all the roadway and issues. 

Stay tuned for further updates as we clean up from Sandy. And keep sharing your storie and photos here.

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Krista Madsen (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Villages will be collecting recyclables on Wednesday, October 31st with regular garbage collection beginning on Thursday, November 1st.

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