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Sandy Pushes Ossining To Declare State Of Emergency

Road crews worked to repair power lines that left 2,500 Ossining residents without power Monday afternoon.
Road crews worked to repair power lines that left 2,500 Ossining residents without power Monday afternoon. Photo Credit: Samantha Kramer

Updated at 6 p.m. 

OSSINING, N.Y. – The Town and Village of Ossining called for a State of Emergency Monday evening.

In anticipation of wind speeds of roughly 55 mph and roughly 5.5 inches of rain from Hurricane Sandy, Ossining officials announced a State of Emergency for the area, according to a press release. The Joseph G. Caputo Community Center at 95 Broadway opened Monday morning as a shelter for all Ossining and Briarcliff Manor residents. Officials said the shelter would remain open until 10 p.m. Tuesday.

There were no reports of accidents, injuries or flooding as of 5 p.m. Monday, Village of Ossining Police said. 

"We've had trees and wires down blocking some roads here and there but nothing major," said Lt. Michael McElroy with the Ossining Police Department. "There was some water coming into the train station earlier but that came in with the high tide and went back out." 

McElroy noted that police are expecting the hurricane to become more severe during the night. 

Mayor William Hanauer asked that residents exercise caution during the hurricane. 

"Stay off the streets and don't drive if you can at all avoid it," Hanauer said. "Do check in on your neighbors and make sure they are safe."

Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly issued a similar message earlier Monday. 

“Please stay off the roads so that our emergency teams can get to any problems and/or residents in need,” wrote Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly in the release. “Our employees are in and ready to assist as needed with clogged catch basins, down trees in the road, and flooded streets.”

Donnelly noted that Westchester County Police brought on additional officers to assist Ossining’s police department.

“(Con Edison) has told us that they have people coming in from as far away as California to assist with down wires,” Donnelly wrote. “Our staff has been told they cannot touch anything with wires down unless a Con Ed representative has been on site to confirm that the wires are not live.”

Hanauer sent out a text update Monday afternoon to The Daily Voice that a tree is reported down at 61 Revolutionary Road in Ossining.

Roughly 2,600 residents were without power in Ossining and Briarcliff Manor Monday afternoon, according to Con Edison reports

Ossining School District officials announced that all schools would be closed Tuesday.

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