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Sewage Enters Hudson After Hurricane Sandy Flooding

Update 2:30 p.m.: The Westchester County Department of Health has extended its Hudson River advisory to Croton and all points south as the the county shut down the Crotonville Pump Station at 10 a.m. Tuesday because of tidal flooding. The closed pump station means raw sewage is entering the Hudson River through the Croton River on the Ossining-Croton border.

YONKERS, N.Y. – Partially-treated sewage and raw sewage is coming into the Hudson River Tuesday morning after Hurricane Sandy flooded the Yonkers Wastewater Treatment Plant and the North Yonkers pump station.

Officials urge residents to avoid direct contact with the Hudson River from Tarrytown to New York City until further notice.

Westchester County officials said Con Edison cut power at the wastewater treatment plant around 9 p.m. Monday because of flooding. Crews expect to begin pumping out the plant's basement after high tide on Tuesday so that the plant can be brought into full operation.

The North Yonkers pump station flooded around 11 p.m. on Monday, causing the pumps to go out of service and raw sewage to seep into the river.

Officials will be able to estimate how much sewage went into the Hudson River after getting the plants online.

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