STORM RECOVERY UPDATE FROM TOWN OF BEDFORD
Please note: we are doing our best to provide updates to the community through the Town’s website and through the Town’s e-mails, but please note that you will not receive an e-mail unless you sign up for “News & Alert Signup” (click on the green button on the upper left panel at www.bedfordny.gov). We should mention that in the past we have found that there are some who unsubscribe because they feel we are sending out too many e-mails, so we have to balance. We also are posting to a number of community Facebook Groups and are happy to post to other groups as well if we are giving permission to do so.
Power Restoration Estimated power restoration dates and times now are posted to the Con Edison website. https://apps.coned.com/stormcenter/external/default.html# Click on “Outage Summary” on panel on the left. NYSEG has power outage restoration estimates at http://www.nyseg.com/Outages/outageinformation.html. That said, we’re still waiting for the arrival of Con Edison trucks. Same with NYSEG. I’m calling them every 10 minutes.
Dry Ice Will be distributed at Town Hall starting at 2:30 PM this afternoon for as long as supplies last. We’ll also have bottled water. Con Edison also is making dry ice available in two locations open until 6 PM tonight: Staples, 3303 Crompond Rd., Yorktown Heights; and New Rochelle City Hall, rear parking lot, 515 North Ave., New Rochelle
Warming and Charging Centers Open Now
We now have three locations in Town where you can come by, warm up, get a cup of coffee and charge your phone and any other personal devices.
Courtroom in Town Offices Will be open starting at 11 AM this morning through 8 PM tonight.
Bedford Free Library Library Director Ann Cloonan tells us: “The Bedford Free Library will be open on Sunday, March 4th, 10:00am-2:00pm. We have power, heat, WiFi and free coffee. Stop by and charge your devices or use the public computers to check your email.” The library is located at 32 Village Green in Bedford Village.
Antioch Baptist Church Pastor Merle McJunkin tells us: “The Antioch Baptist Church welcomes all who wish to come by to get warm and have a cup of coffee and charge your phones. No need to participate in any services – just come on by to the entrance right around the corner on Main Street. You will be very welcome. The Church is located at 3 Church Street, Bedford Hills, New York.”
We are making arrangements for pick-up of dry ice from NYSEG’s facilities in Putnam County. We plan to distribute dry ice this afternoon. Details to follow.
Overnight Shelter – Possibility
We are working with the County and one of our churches on the possibility of overnight shelter for tonight. Details to follow if we’re able to make it happen. It would be very helpful if anyone interested or knows anyone interested would kindly e-mail me at email@example.com so we can gauge and meet the need.
Given the incidents over the past couple of days, I am compelled to repeat precautions I’ve mentioned previously and add a new one regarding traffic lights that are out:
We have downed LIVE electrical wires posing an imminent danger. As I mentioned in my previous posts, PLEASE BE SAFE and PLEASE DON’T EVADE OR UNBLOCK barricades or emergency tape which emergency personnel have put in place. They are there to protect the community. We have reports from our Fire Departments of multiple incidents of motorists and others cutting emergency tape or moving barricades exposing themselves to LIVE power lines. You will get electrocuted and die if you take this type of action. Please stay away from downed wires! They have NOT been de-energized. The first priority for the utilities is to get them de-energized.
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, Chris Burdick, at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.