STORM AFTERMATH UPDATE 3-8-18  2:45 PM

STORM AFTERMATH UPDATE 3-8-18  2:45 PM

 I apologize for the blank update around 8:00 AM this morning.  My fault, not my staffs’ fault.   I had intended to include the text that appeared in the update following a few minutes later. 

Town’s State of Emergency Lifted
I have lifted the Town’s State of Emergency but ask that you observe police tape and barricades.  As I mentioned in earlier posts, not all downed lines have been cleared.  Our priority is to have the utilities de-energize these LIVE electrical wires.   PLEASE DON’T EVADE OR UNBLOCK barricades or emergency tape which emergency personnel have put in place. They are there to protect the community. Though the storm and aftermath, we received reports from our Fire Departments and police of motorists and others cutting emergency tape or moving barricades exposing themselves to LIVE power lines.

Extent of Power Outage; Restoration Efforts
At the peak we had 85% of the Town with no power.  It appears that the outage information for the two utilities is reasonably accurate as customers and we have reported streets out.   Let me know if your street is out, but not listed.  NYSEG: http://www.nyseg.com/Outages/outageinformation.html    Con Ed: https://apps.coned.com/stormcenter/external/default.html.   The utilities do not have a reliable estimated date/time of restoration.   Our focus continues to be on making safe roads (de-energizing live wires and then clearing the roads from trees/debris) for critical paths to the hospital and to unblock roads that emergency services cannot access.  Our restoration priority is for critical facilities. 

Road Closures (in alphabetical order)

  1. Byram Lake Road
  2. Cedar Road East
  3. Cherry Street closed from Park Avenue to Crescent Terrace
  4. Clinton
  5. Croton Lake Road
  6. Fox Lane
  7. Franklin off Roosevelt
  8. Gordon Avenue
  9. Helena Drive
  10. Jingle Lane
  11. Lakeside in Stanwood
  12. Long Meadow
  13. Oliver Road
  14. Orchard Lane
  15. Roosevelt Drive
  16. Rte 172 West from West Patent to McLain Street
  17. South Brook
  18. Train Band
  19. Wakan Drive

Warming and Charging Centers

  1. John Jay High School will be open as a warming/charging center from noon to 5 PM. Courtroom in Town Offices at 321 Bedford Road, BH open throughout day as warming/charging center.
  2. Bedford Village Library: “We have power but no wireless or internet connection. We will open at 10 for warming, charging and of course free coffee.”
  3. Katonah Museum of Art   “The KMA would like to offer its galleries and learning center as a place of refuge, fun activity, and charging station for our neighbors in this difficult time. We’ve got power! Come recharge at the Museum. Great art, activities, and charging stations.  Open today 11 – 5. FREE ADMISSION!”
  4. Bedford Hills Free Library. Warming/charging. Open at 1 PM closes at 6 PM

 Dry Ice and Water

We have run out or dry ice.  We do have water.

Verizon FIOS/Optimum Online

We understand that in addition to no power, there is no internet and people have had difficulty getting through to Verizon and Optimum.   Please e-mail Bea Rhodes at brhodes@bedfordny.gov with phone and address (including hamlet – for example, we have a High Street in more than one hamlet.  Bea is compiling and reporting to the providers.

Sidewalks

Our apologies, but we simply are not going to be able to get to clearing sidewalks at this time. Please be patient.

Propane for Generators

We’ve gotten calls expressing concern about propane availability.  The following is not a complete list, but what we’ve put together this morning with comments where we have them.

Halstead Quinn                        Mt. Kisco        277-8089

Heritage Fuel              Croton Falls    666-3200         Available – Serving emptiest tanks first!    Check your tank

Suburban Propane       Mt. Kisco        666-5174

Platinum Propane        Millwood        666-2323

BE SAFE

Carbon Monoxide

Please do not use natural-gas powered kitchen ovens or ranges to heat your home. Using these cooking appliances for heating creates a significant risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that is invisible, odorless and tasteless. It is formed by the incomplete burning of fuels such as heating oil, wood, gasoline, natural gas, propane and charcoal. Also, don’t use charcoal grills indoors for heating or cooking because of the CO risk that also creates. The same warning applies to fireplaces that are not properly ventilated.

Traffic Light Outages

We have one traffic light out in Town, but there are others that are out in neighboring towns. Motorists approaching a malfunctioning traffic light should stop their vehicles as if they are approaching a stop sign. This means come to a full stop. The only exception is when a police officer directs you to proceed otherwise. Once stopped, you must obey the applicable right-of-way laws. Following your stop, you must yield to any other vehicle that has already entered the intersection from any other direction or one that presents an immediate hazard.

Please feel free to e-mail me at supervisor@bedfordny.gov or call me at 666-6530. Please call the Police Desk at 914-241-3111 with reports of downed trees or wires or e-mail me.

Thanks for your patience.

 

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