by Kerry Barger
The heavy rains and strong winds from Hurricane Irene have left many areas flooded, downed trees abundant and over half the residents of Putnam without power.
The waters of the Hudson River filled Main Street in Cold Spring.
Downed trees ripped down hundreds of electrical and cable lines leaving people without power, television and internet.
As of Monday night 24,000 NYSEG customers were still without power.
“Our first priority is to make sure all downed wires are safe, we don’t want anybody getting hurt out there,” said NYSEG spokesperson Clayton Ellis. “There have been so many of the downed wire situations in the Brewster division. There were more than 500 downed wire situation. We have to assign people to those and make sure that those are safe before we do anything else.”
“At the same time we have to go out and do a damage assessment,” Ellis explained. “We have to take a good look at the situation and determine exactly what the problems are otherwise you cannot have an efficient power restoration. Once we get further along in that damage assessment, we should be able to start assigning some of the restorations by Tuesday to some of the situations.”
NYSEG is saying it could take up to two weeks before full power has been restored…
The county set up makeshift shelters at two senior centers located in Mahopac and Putnam Valley. The William Kohler Senior Center on Route 6 in Mahopac and The Putnam Valley Senior Center at 117 Town Park Lane in Putnam Valley were established as emergency shelters for residents who were affected by power loss and areal flooding.
Dry ice was dished out by State Sen. Greg Ball at the Mahopac Fire Department and by Michael Rights at Southeast Town Hall. NYSEG suspended the distribution of dry ice at the Carmel Fire Department after the organization couldn’t properly meet the demand of residents. (READ MORE)