COUNTY DIGS IN
A state of emergency takes effect at 7 a.m. Monday across Putnam County due to the expected effects of the monster storm that continues to churn up the eastern seaboard.
County Executive MaryEllen Odell addressed a meeting Sunday afternoon of 100 fire and EMS officials along with town and village administrators to outline the county's plans in dealing with the expected furor created by the monster weather event.
After conferring with the National Hurricane Center, Thomas Lannon, Putnam's Emergency Management Director, said damage from the storm in the lower Hudson Valley will result from strong wind gusts rather than rainfall: " While communities on Long Island, New Jersey and even in New York City can expect up to 10 inches of rain, Putnam should receive anywhere from 2 to 6 inches of rain. However, the wind will cause chaos since sustained winds of 28 mph will begin on Monday morning with wind gusts to 44 mph. On Monday evening the wind will intensify to 41 mpg with gusts in excess of 65 mph. Tuesday morning's sustained winds will reach 32 mph with gusts to 50 mph and on Tuesday evening winds will subside to 24 mph with gusts to 36 mph. Even on Wednesday morning wind gusts of 25 mph are anticipated."
Odell has ordered senior citizen centers in both Mahopac and Putnam Valley to open at 9 a.m. Monday and remain open until 9 p.m. Monday evening. On Tuesday and Wednesday the centers will again be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day.
The county's Wheels on Meals program will be suspended but Odell center those receiving the frozen entrees received extra meals on Friday to get them through the next few days.
PART(Putnam Area Rapid Transit) service will be suspended at 2 p.m. Monday until further notice.
Odell expressed concern over tidal flooding in Cold Spring, with a 2-to-4-foot tidal wave expected. While no mandatory evacuations have been called for, Odell recommended evacuation of homes along Manitou Station Road and Hudson River Lane in Garrison because "both of these tertiary roads always flood during major storms."
On Sunday afternoon schools in Brewster, Carmel, Mahopac and North Salem announced their closures for both Monday and Tuesday. Brewster Superintendent Jane Sandbank said educators were being cautious: "It's always best to be safe than sorry especially when strong winds endanger our children and staff."
The Putnam County Emergency Operation Center will be fully manned starting at 7 a.m. Monday and will remain active until the storm passes and the need for emergency coordination subsides.
Odell called on residents of the county to remain vigilant during the storm: "Don't be heroic. Stay home with your family and loved ones. Unless an emergency exists there is no reason to be travelling on roads strewn with debris."
In the event of any emergency call 911.