2013-12-12 / Front Page

Businesses hurting in wake of storm

Eric Gross

Local businesses owners are lamenting today’s storm since traffic in area stores, which is normally hectic two weeks before Christmas, was very light due to the inclement weather.

The owner of a liquor store in Carmel looked around at her inventory and shook her head when only two customers were purchasing holiday gifts: “My store is usually hopping this time of the year. To lose a day of business like this really hurts.”

Highway trucks are the order of the day across Putnam County and vicinity. Photo / Eric GrossHighway trucks are the order of the day across Putnam County and vicinity. Photo / Eric Gross

The normally busy Carmel Florist was quiet as was a dress store, appliance center and even a coffee shop at the Putnam Plaza. “No one is out shopping,” said a clerk at the Dollar Store.

The Carmel Diner which is a busy place on the weekends with families enjoying a late breakfast or early lunch was empty.

Secondary roads remain extremely slippery while extreme caution is being advised for main highways.

State Police reported a personal injury roll-over crash on the Taconic State Parkway near the Route 301 interchange in Kent Cliffs. Carmel Police investigated a personal injury crash on Fair Street in the S-turn north of Carmel High School.

A two-car crash on Peekskill Hollow Road in Putnam Valley sent two people to the hospital while a man was injured in a single-car mishap on Route 9D in Garrison.

The Brewster FD responded to a structure fire at an industrial complex along Route 6 near the New York-Connecticut line.

Highway crews have been salting and sanding roads since early this morning and according to Putnam Commissioner of Highways Fred Pena crews will remain on 24 hours shifts until the storm ends.

Commissioner of Emergency Services Adam Stiebeling also reported that fire houses and ambulance headquarters were staffed with volunteers to respond to emergency calls in a rapid fashion.

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