Dry ice and water called gifts from above
Barbara broke down and cried. Tears also streamed down the face of John when the two Carmel residents received bags of dry ice and bottles of water courtesy of the NYSEG Thursday afternoon outside Carmel FD headquarters.
Many residents of the Carmel-Kent area were desperate after losing their power for four days with no relief in sight.
The utility offered dry ice in Mahopac on two occasions earlier in the week and decided to locate distribution in the hamlet of Carmel as well. Additional distribution has been set for Friday afternoon, again at the Carmel Fire Department.
"I'm so grateful," said Barbara who said she was "tired of Mahopac always becoming the bride and Carmel the bridesmaid. We deserve a break up here as well."
John returned from Florida on Monday hours before Sandy hit. His wife fell and broke her arm and wound up at Putnam Hospital Center where she was admitted.
"This gift of dry ice and water is a gift from above," he said.
Carmel Police Lt. Brian Karst who officiated over the distribution commended the residents for their "outstanding behavior. Unlike other communities where pushing and shoving took place during ice distribution, people here are extremely orderly and appreciative."
Carmel Councilman Jonathan Schneider also praised the effort: "Our corps of volunteers distributing the ice and water are the real heroes."