National Guard Assists in Putnam
National Guard troops have been mobilized in Putnam County to assist with the clean up of Hurricane Sandy.
The soldiers from the Buffalo area arrived in Carmel Sunday at the Paladin Center on Seminary Hill Road to assist NYSEG with the distribution of 240,000 pounds of dry ice and half a million bottles of water to those in need.
Troops will also stand guard at facilities where utility trucks are parked to protect against vandalism.
Some utility vehicles have been damaged in recent days by vandals on Long Island and in New York City out of frustration for delays in getting power restored.
T.J. McDermott, an employee of the Paladin Center, told the PCN&R and the Courier that his employer was pleased to be helping “our community in need. We may be a training ground for emergency providers on the national, state, regional and local level but when Putnam County seeks assistance we will always be there to lend a hand in any way we can.”
Troops arrived in conveys along Route 6 accompanied by the screeching sirens of police cars. Bystanders stopped and gawked at the unusual spectacle.
Ted Wilbur of Lake Carmel called it “frightening. I’ve never seen anything like this before in Carmel. You expect to see troops arrive when calamity strikes. I guess the storm really did a job on us.”
The military will remain in Putnam as long as needed.