2011-10-27 / Front Page / General Stories

Thousands still without power; Eldridge urges no trick or treating

County sets up emergency shelter, in Mahopac
Eric Gross

Putnam County Executive Paul Eldridge on Monday urged that youngsters not trick or treat in Putnam County due to the lack of power in many areas and the prospect of encountering downed wires.

 

 Eldridge reminded citizens that "Putnam County remains under a State of Emergency and as such, efforts are continuing that require that all non-essential traffic stay off the roadways while highway and utility crews  work to open roads and restore power."

Other emergenc personnel joined Eldridge in urging that everyone stay inside Monday night if possible.

Earlier, from Sunday afternoon:

 

Putnam County has set up an emergency shelter center, at 180 Route 6 in Mahopac, in a senior center. The Sheriff's Department will provide rides to anyone needing, call 845-225-4300.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands remain without power. Downtown Carmel was dark Sunday afternoon, though power had been restored to the Putnam Plaza area.

Sunday morning, virtually every business from Carmel, to Kent, to Patterson, to Brewster to Mahopac was closed due to the storm.

Long-time observers say the storm may be the worst for damage in two decades. Brewster schools had already canceled classes for Monday.

Earlier story, from Saturday evening:

A storm being tabbed "snowleaf" has paralyzed Putnam County.

Heavy wet snow began falling Saturday around 11:30 am and within 90 minutes roads became extremely slippery.

At 3 pm, State Police closed westbound lanes of Route 84 from Exit 19 in Southeast to Exit 13 in Fishkill due to dozens of crashes.A Carmel Highway Dept. truck plows Route 301 in near zero visibility Saturday afternoon.Eric GrossA Carmel Highway Dept. truck plows Route 301 in near zero visibility Saturday afternoon.Eric Gross

A section of Route 52 near the Lake Carmel FD headquarters was also closed due to a five car pile-up that sent several people to the hospital.

Route 52 was so slippery that a NYS DOT truck sanding and plowing the road slid off the highway into a ditch.

The Taconic State Parkway was an ice skating rink for most of the afternoon with numerous skidding accidents reported.

Putnam County emergency services providers including all fire departments and ambulance corps were placed on stand by alert manning all fire stations throughout the duration of the storm.

 

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