CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. -- With Westchester County under flood watch Thursday and Friday, Cortlandt Manor workers were out in the rain ensuring that the town is as prepared as possible for the coming storms.
The National Weather Service issued a flood watch Thursday with storms expected to continue to dump up to four inches of rain before Friday. Jeff Coleman, Cortlandt Manor's Director of Department of Environmental Services, said the town is ready for the storms and workers will be standing by to clear roads of downed trees through the weekend.
"We've spent the day clearing out catch basins and monitoring situations around town," Coleman said Thursday afternoon. "We're prepared for the storms ahead. If something should come up, like a downed tree, we are ready to handle that."
Coleman said the town has regularly been coordinating with Con Edison to ensure utilities and roads are managed and repaired quickly. The Town of Cortlandt also issued a Con Edison notice Thursday cautioning residents that power outages could occur over the next 48 hours.
"Con Edison is closely monitoring the weather, with high winds and heavy rain arriving today, posing a danger through Friday," Con Edison representatives said in the notice. "Since trees are in full canopy, water-logged branches that come down on electric lines due to gusting winds will be heavy, possibly resulting in outages. Extra crews will be available to repair any downed wires." Con Edison customers are asked to report any outages or downed power lines through the company's website or by calling 1-800-75-CONED.
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