UPDATE 1:30 pm Nov. 9: Here is the latest status report from Somers Town Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy:
I am thrilled to report that all power is restored in Somers. Thank you all for your patience and neighborliness during the past few weeks.
The shelter has been closed. Many thanks to our wonderful team who volunteered tirelessly there.
Debris clean up continues from our dedicated Highway crew who despite many days and long hours of hurricane cleanup had our roads broom clean Thursday morning after over 6 inches of snowfall.
Police, fire and other emergency workers also put in long hours. The County has been a great resource and partner to the Town throughout and continues to be. A FEMA disaster center has been set up at the Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave. in White Plains to help individuals and businesses with recovery. Go to somersny.com for more information. Free tetanus vaccines are available today Friday Nov. 9 at the South Salem Firehouse (1190 Route 35) from 2 to 6 pm.
The State of Emergency in Somers was lifted Thursday at 10 am. We are getting questions about Halloween for the children. Now that normalcy has returned we suggest the following. If anyone wishes to trick or treat with their children do so on Sunday. This is entirely optional for both children and homeowners. If you wish to participate turn on your porch light.
Veteran’s Day is this Sunday November 11. The parade begins at the Somers Town House at 10:30 am sharp with the ceremony in Ivandell Cemetery at 11 am. Let’s make this the biggest turnout ever to honor our Vets; never forget, they are, Hero’s all.
Yorktown's Emergency Shelter Now Closed
The gym at the Yorktown Community and Cultural Center will be available for other scheduled use at 1 p.m. and the Nutrition Center will operate as scheduled immediately.
- P&R Zumba is cancelled for tonight.
- P&R Senior Dance is likely to run on Friday.
- The Teen Center basketball programs will resume in the gym on Friday at 4pm.
- The gym is available for Pepsi Men's basketball on Friday morning.
- Mohansic Girls Basketball will run on Saturday 11/10/12.
- The Pines Bridge Memorial Fundraiser is canceled on Thursday night 11/8.
- The Teen Center Open Mic has been moved back to the Nutrition Center on Friday evening 11/9.
- SPARC is not scheduled to run their programs this week.
- The Yorktown Community Food Pantry will run as scheduled from 11/9 through 11/14.
Infinity Rep will be performing Boeing Boeing on Friday, Nov. 30 at 8 p.m.,
Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.
Infinity Rep will be donating 25% of all ticket sales to The Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief. They will also be collecting canned food as part of a Food Drive.
Recovery Center Opens in Westchester, 2:24 p.m. Update
A multi-purpose Hurricane recovery center will open Thursday afternoon at the Westchester County Center in White Plains. County Executive Robert Astorino will officially open the center at 3 p.m. Officials from Consolidated Edison, FEMA and social service organizations will be available at the center 7 days a week to answer questions about recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy and Wednesday night's nor'easter.
Still Without Power Today, 10:14 a.m. Con Edison was deep in restoration efforts a week-and-a-half after Hurricane Sandy when a nor'easter had a bigger impact than expected. In Westchester, and some communities were hit particularly hard by tree damage, downed wires and road closures, according to ConEd.
Snow Blankets Area, Causes Accidents, Snarls Traffic
Residents woke up to chilly temperatures and over six inches of snow from a Nor'easter that snarled Wednesday evening's commute.
Drivers should use caution on local highways as some snow and ice conditions are reported on I-684 between exits 10 and 4, according to the Hudson Valey Traveler. In addition, accidents are being cleared on the Sprain Brook Parkway in Mt. Pleasant and the Taconic Parkway north of 134.
NYSEG said it had prepared for additional outages from the winter storm but as of Thursday morning, outages were down to 1,292 in Westchester County, from a reported 2,700 at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night.
If you experienced a power outage during the snow storm, call NYSEG at 800-572-1131 or Con Edison at 800-752-6633.
School Delays on Thursday, Nov. 8
- The Lakeland, Yorktown and Somers school districts are operating on a 2-hour delayed opening.
Poor Driving Conditions, Nov. 7
- State Police request the public be aware of the difficult conditions involving Wednesday's Nor'Easter—and all are advised to avoid all unnecessary travel. Drivers are having difficult time navigating the snow covered roads, that have become slippery; visibility is limited due to the windswept snow.
Update, Wednesday, Nov. 7 7:11 p.m.- High winds plus the many tree branches already in precarious situations since Hurricane Sandy will make a perfect storm for more power outages in Westchester County, Con Edison said. In addition to those still without power since Sandy,
Update, Wednesday, Nov. 7 4:45 p.m.
- While some people are still recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a snow storm has hit the Yorktown and Somers area. Readers shared their photos and video with Patch. Click here for the photo gallery.
Update, Wednesday, Nov. 7 1:10 p.m.
- Somers Central School district has also cancelled all after school activities and evening activities, with the exception of the high school, which will end its activities today at 4 p.m.
- Due to today’s (Nov. 7) weather conditions all Lakeland Central School District after school and evening activities are cancelled including Westchester Community College classes.
Collecting Items for Hurricane Victims
- Hurricane Sandy tore through the East Coast last week leaving a path of severe destruction and devastation. Although many people in the Yorktown community suffered damage from the storm, other families in towns only a few hours away are without basic necessities. Click here to find out how you can help.
- From Somers:
WE NEED YOUR HELP!! We're going to Breezy Point!!
Collection in the vacant building next to Somers Eye Center on 202 this Saturday 12pm - 5pm. Exact address to follow. Please - NO CLOTHES (other than underwear and bras) or water. I spoke to someone from BP today, and this is what they NEED MOST, as most are cleaning up and planning to rebuild:
shovels, work gloves, mops, bleach and any other cleaning supplies, construction-type garbage bags, flashlights and batteries (C & D), extension cords. Thermoses with hot soup and coffee.
Also needed are: space heaters, non-prescription medications (Advil, cold & flu stuff....), dog food & supplies, nonperishable foods & juice boxes. Baby items - diapers, wipes, etc.
We need boxes. Tons of boxes. if you can bring your stuff in boxes already, that would be GREAT. We need sorters & loaders, so anyone that can come by to help would be greatly appreciated.
We need vans/trucks. If anyone knows anyone who may own or work for a company who rents U-hauls or large trucks like that - hook me up!! Everyone so far has donated their time and money for the trucks & gas, and we need help!!
Update, Wednesday, Nov. 7 12:36 p.m.
From the town of Yorktown: The Yorktown Community and Cultural Center gymnasium and Nutrition Center will continue to operate as a shelter through Friday, Nov. 10.
The following programs scheduled at the YCCC are canceled or relocated:
- Parks & Rec Zumba and Senior Dance are canceled on Thursday and Friday respectively.
- The Teen Center basketball programs are canceled on Thursday and Friday.
- Pepsi Men's basketball is canceled on Friday Morning.
- Mohansic Girls Basketball has been canceled on Saturday 11/10/12.
- The Pines Bridge Memorial Fundraiser is canceled on Thursday night 11/8.
- The Teen Center Open Mic has been moved to Town Hall on Friday evening 11/9.
Other weather related cancelations:
- Senior Nutrition Program 11/7. Outbound meals are being sent, but Seniors are not being brought into the Nutrition Center.
- Parks & Rec Art Attack Wednesday 11/7 6pm-7pm in Senior Room 16
- Parks & Rec Hatha Yoga Wednesday 11/7 6:30pm - 7:45pm in Room 104
Wednesday Update, Nov. 7
- The Yorktown Central School District will be dismissing school earlier todayin anticipation of Wednesday's Nor’easter, which is expected to bring high winds, rain and snow to the region starting Wednesday afternoon and into Thursday morning.
- NYSEG officials say they've restored service to 94 percent of their Brewster division customers but a developing storm could cause further damage to facilities.
- Somers Town Court has been canceled for the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 7. The Somers Lions Club is offering assistance to residents for storm damage. Click here for information.
Tuesday, Nov. 6 Update:
- Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace, along with town and police officials as well as representatives from the two companies – ConEd and NYSEG – held a press conference on Monday to update residents on the progress made after the storm. Grace said close to 90 percent of the town has had its power restored and crews have been working overtime to untangle debris from wires, make sure those wires are not live and restore power.
- The Environmental Conservation Department will not pick up logs or piles of branches that are not cut, bundled and tied. Read more here.
- Yorktown Town Clerk Alice Roker said the polling place for election districts 3 and 32, which is at the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) on Rt. 134 in Yorktown, had no power as of this morning. A generator from the county’s Office of Emergency Management is on its way. In the meantime, voters are given emergency ballots to cast their vote.
- Residents who finally had their power restored now face the task of cleaning up homes and yards, and cleaning out the old and thawed out food from the fridge. Here is how you can be safe about food in your fridge.
Monday, Nov. 5 Update
- The Town of Somers provided a general update on the storm's aftermath.
- David Liebman, a Yorktown resident, reflects on superstorm Sandy and the town's efforts to keep residents safe.
- New York State is investigating post-Hurricane Sandy price gouging after receiving hundreds of complaints from consumers across the state.
- NYSEG said on Sunday night that additional crews have arrived to bolster the efforts to restore servicein the region. Over 3,300 Somers, Yorktown residents are without power.
- Con Ed continues restoration efforts in Westchester
- According to the Westchester County Board of Elections, a decision will be made this afternoon about what to do about polling locations without power for tomorrow's election. Contact the Board of Elections at 914-995-5700 to find your alternate location.
- Club Fit in Jefferson Valley and New York Sports Club in Somers continue to offer its facilities to residents without power and showers.
Saturday/Sunday Weekend, Nov. 3-4 Updates
- Volunteering After the Storm: A Trip to Far Rockaway
- Metro North Re-Activates 1-800-METRO INFO
- Yorktown Lifts State of Emergency
- Lakeland Schools Plan to Reopen Wednesday
- What You Need to Know for Your Monday Commute
- Yorktown Police: Sunday Storm Update
- Where to Help!
- Maintaining Balance in the Aftermath of Storm Sandy
- Red Cross Mobilizes Efforts to Feed Cold Residents
- Con Ed Working '24/7 Until Last Customer is Restored'
Friday Updates, Nov. 2
Firefighters Save Lives in Sandy Recovery
Hot Showers Available in Westchester [Updated]
Residents Urged to Register for Federal Aid
Sandy Hub: Recovery and Restoration
Sandy Aftermath: 'You Realize Now What You Take for Granted'
Sandy Aftermath Photos:
The storm made a mess in town from out-of-order traffic lights, trees down on roads and homes, to transformers fires. Check out the photos from around Somers and Yorktown by clicking on the link.
If you can safely snap photos or videos, add your best contributions to our ongoing user generated photo gallery.
Sandy Update, Thursday
The town of Yorktown remains in a declared State of Emergency and residents are urged to continue to stay off the roadways so emergency workers can continue to clear fallen trees and wires to restore electrical power.
Garbage pick up in the town has been suspended until Monday, Nov. 5 when the normal schedule will be resumed.
More dry ice is expected to be available later in the day which will be distributed at the Triangle Shopping Center. For information on times of distribution, residents can call 211.
Police warn residents it is still "extremely dangerous" on the roads due to fallen trees, electrical wires and traffic lights that are out.
Resources and Information
As of Thursday, Yorktown is still in a state of emergency. Due to the anticipated hazardous conditions on the roadways, all travel on the roadways in the town of Yorktown is restricted to emergency vehicles, town highway vehicles, utility vehicles and emergency personnel. All unnecessary travel is prohibited.
NYSEG has made limited quantities of dry ice available to municipalities. On the occasions that the town of Yorktown obtains dry ice, it is distributed at the CVS parking lot in the Triangle Shopping Center.
The Yorktown Community and Cultural Center is operating as a shelter.
In Somers, officials have declared a state of emergency. Residents are asked to stay off the roads. A shelter at the Heritage Hills Activity Center is open to all Somers residents. Cots, toiletries, pillows and blankets are provided. Food will be available if necessary, but it is recommended that anyone who comes to the shelter bring dry food, water, medication and necessary personal items. In the event that the Heritage Hills activity center is unavailable, the Somers Middle School is an alternate shelter location.
The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) has launched a Hurricane Sandy Helpline. Residents can call 1–888-769-7243 or 1-518-485-1159 for questions related to preparation for the storm.
Have photos of your neighborhood and Sandy's damage? Share them.
Need batteries? Ice? A place to charge your laptop and see your neighbors? What do you need? If you are a business that has supplies, email me at Plamena@Patch.com and we'll let people know you are open or tell us in the comments below.
The Show Must Go On
Looking for affordable entertainment? Pleasantville's Axial Theatre is continuing its shows of Awake and Sing! tonight through Sunday—but in light of the storm, there will be a "pay-what-you-can policy" for tonight's and tomorrow's showtimes.
Several Yorktown and Somers actors star in the Awake and Sing! production.
Here is what was sent to Patch by Axial Theatre:
But we realize that some people may be short on cash (no ATMs) or just not in a position to afford live, professional theatre -- even at $20/ticket (students & seniors: $15).
Axial's production of the award-winning play has gotten great reviews and we want to share some entertainment with the entire Westchester community.
Thousands Still Without Power
ConEd: There is not much good news for the more than 6,000 Con Ed customers in Yorktown who are still without power Wednesday night. Con Edison has no time estimate listed for when wires will be repaired and when the power will be restored on its outage map. Con Edison customers without power should be sure to report the outage to the utility company. Call Con Edison at 1-800-75-CONED or report the outage online at http://www.coned.com/sm/.
NYSEG: More than 14,000 NYSEG customers in Yorktown and Somers also also without power as of Wednesday night. Officials said the damage assessment on Wednesday will enable the utility to establish global estimated restoration times and put in place a detailed service restoration plan. Click here to report power outages to NYSEG or call 800-572-1131. For natural gas emergencies, call 800-572-1121.
Road closures and power outages
Somers Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy said NYSEG has been made aware of all the road closures in Somers and town officials have prioritized major state roads to be cleared.
Click here for the latest press release from
Outages as of Thursday, 9:01 a.m.Town Number of NYSEG Customers Number of Customers without power Yorktown 6,463 6,083 Somers 9,087 6,562
Click on the NYSEG outage map for the latest in local power outages. There is no posted restoration time.
To report downled lines, call ConEdison – 800-752-6633 and NYSEG at 800-572-1131 (electric); 800-572-1121 (gas). To report a life-threatening emergency or no power, by telephone, contact NYSEG Electrical emergency at 800-572-1131.
Dial 211 for up-to-date road closure information. Yorktown police request that locals do not call police to inquire about road conditions. Dispatch staff will likely be unable to commit time to discussing road conditions.Town Number of ConEd Customers Number of Customers without power Yorktown 8,173 6,133
For the latest outage numbers, click here for Con Edison's map.
- Lakeland, Somers and Yorktown schools are closed on Friday, Nov. 2.
More From Around Town:
Transformer Fire: In Yorktown, a downed wire caused a main water break at the corner of Barger Street and Oriole Court in Shrub Oak, affecting some 50 houses in the area as well as about 119 people at Trump Park Residences. Click on the link to check out the video.
Sandy Photo Gallery: If you can safely snap photos or videos, add your best contributions to this ongoing photo gallery.
Wednesday, 3:19 p.m. Update
An "extremely limited" dry ice was obtained from NYSEG Wednesday afternoon, Somers Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy said. Police will bring to critical neighborhoods as supply lasts. Murphy said she was pushing NYSEG for additional supply. For more information about this and closed roads in Somers, click here.
Wednesday, 2 p.m. Update
- Not having power can be frustrating, but Yorktown police want residents to know the department is already overwhelmed with storm related calls and they don't have information on power restoration. For this and more information, click here for the latest update from the Yorktown Police Department.
- Looking for a Halloween alternative to trick-or-treating today? Check out our roundup of holiday events around the region.
- If you're itching to get to the city, check out the latest details from the MTA: Limited Metro North Rail Service Begins at 2 p.m.
Dry Ice Distribution Wednesday:
Dry ice will be distributed at the CVS parking lot in the Triangle Shopping Center in Yorktown at 3:15 p.m. on Oct. 31. The supply is limited.
Officials: Trick-or-Treating 'Dangerous' and Prohibited
- The Yorktown Police Department is discouraging residents from celebrating Halloween in the traditional manner of "Trick or Treating."
- Somers has cancelled Halloween in town – "Halloween Trick or treating and youth on the streets tonight in Somers is prohibited. Somers has been blessed so far in this storm with no injuries or fatalities. We cannot risk injury to a child. Thank you for your understanding."
Despite Halloween being cancelled in Somers and Yorktown police discouraging parents from going out in the streets to trick or treat, local children still got a chance to dress up. Check out their photos here.
Tuesday Afternoon Update
- Due to the impact on local roads and the power grid, the Lakeland Central School District will be closed Wednesday, Oct. 31. All afternoon and evening activities are canceled including Westchester Community College classes.
- The Yorktown Central School District is closed on Wednesday, Oct. 31.
- Somers schools will be closed Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Dry Ice: Dry ice was to be distributed at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 30 at Van Tassell Park, 98 Primrose St. (Route 139) next to Primrose School in Somers. Traffic on Primrose Road in Somers is currently at a dead stop. As of 11:30 am a motorist, who walked up about a half mile from his car, said he was told dry ice had not yet arrived.
At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday thw following was posted on the Somers town website:
Sincere apologies to all who didn’t receive dry ice this morning and for the unexpected wait. We expect to receive additional but very limited quantities from NYSEG this afternoon. Pickup location and time will be changed. When the dry ice is physically in Somers a CODE RED Emergency Notification call will be made with location and time of pickup. Only one bag per car. Many roads remain impassable. Please travel only when essential.
- Check road conditions before you leave home using Patch's live traffic map.
Four Sandy-Related Deaths
Hurricane Sandy has claimed four lives in the Lower Hudson Valley.
A tree crashed through a home in Pearl River at about 6 p.m. Monday, killing a 51-year-old man and placing his family in the hospital.
In North Salem, a tree came down Monday evening, killing two middle school-aged boys.
A motorist on the Sprain Brook Parkway in Greenburgh died due to storm conditions Monday evening, as well, according to state police.
The storm—an amalgam of several foul weather patterns—brought its worst rains and winds through the region between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Monday.
The National Hurricane Center was no longer labeling Sandy a hurricane as of 7 p.m. Monday, as it teetered on the edge of the northeast coastline—but the squall still held amazing power.
Nearly all municipalities in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam declared states of emergency, with evacuations in effect in Port Chester, Piermont, Yonkers and other villages and cities. Hundreds of thousands throughout the three counties will be without electricity for up to a week, power companies have said.
Roads Tuesday afternoon were populated by emergency vehicles, branches and debris; the Tappan Zee Bridge closed for several hours due to whipping winds.
For the latest on everything Sandy, stay with Patch.
Cancellations and rain dates
- Yorktown, Lakeland and Somers schools are closed on Thursday, Nov. 1.
- The Public Hearing for Costco, originally scheduled for Monday, has been postponed
- The Mount Kisco Medical Group is closing all offices and emergency care centers at 1 p.m. Monday; all patients should call 244Mkmg to check on their appointment status rest of week, and should call 911 for emergencies
- The Somers Library and the John C. Hart Memorial Library in Shrub Oak are closed on Thursday.
- Due to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Alliance for Safe Kids' Teen Night, originally scheduled for Friday, Nov. 2 at Club Fit, has been postponed. According to ASK, it will be rescheduled at a later date. If you purchased tickets, you will be refunded.
- All performances of Infinity Rep Theatre's Boeing Boeing production at The French Hill School building in Yorktown this weekend have been postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. They have tentatively re-scheduled performances for next weekend but will not be able to fully confirm until Sunday when they are able to gather the cast and crew.
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Numbers to Know
*All emergencies — 911
- Con Edison — 800-752-6633
- NYSEG – 800-572-1131
- Yorktown Police Department — 962-4141
- Somers Police Department — 232-9622
- Westchester County Police — 762-6007
- Town of Yorktown – 962-5722
- Town of Somers – 277-3637
- Somers Highway Department – 232-4848
- Yorktown Highway Department – 962-5781
- Phelps Memorial Hospital — 366-300
- Northern Westchester Hospital — 666-1200
- Westchester Medical Center — 493-7000
- American Red Cross — 946-6500
Patch's Full Local Coverage:
- Police to Bring Dry Ice to Critical Somers Neighborhoods
- Yorktown PD: Having No Power is 'Frustrating'
- Dry Ice Distribution to Continue Wednesday
- Officials: Trick-or-Treating 'Dangerous' and Prohibited
- Yorktown Declares State of Emergency
- Share Hurricane Sandy Photos on Patch
- Somers Prepares for Hurricane Sandy
- Sandy Watch: Leaf Bag Collection Suspension and Storm Cleanup
- Sandy Watch: Emergency Planning Preparedness List
- Yorktown PD: 'Do Not Underestimate Magnitude of Storm'
- Yorktown: The Calm Before The Storm
Patch's Regional Coverage:
- Con Ed: Restoration Underway; Dry Ice Distribution
- Updated: NYSEG Power Outage a 'Long Duration Event'
- Limited Metro North Rail Service Begins at 2 p.m.
- MTA Working To Restore Transit Service In Wake Of Historic Storm
- NYSEG Anticipating Power Outages to Last for Days
- Residents Relying On United Way Post-Sandy
- Con Edison Ready for 'Record-Size Outages'
- Astorino Urges Evacuation of Flood Prone Areas
- Sandy Closing In
- Red Cross Opens Five Emergency Shelters in Westchester
- School Closings in the Hudson Valley
- Red Cross Launches Multi-State Response
- AG Warns Against Price Gouging
- School Closings in the Hudson Valley
- Residents Prepare for Sandy's Onslaught [PHOTOS]
- How You Can Prep For Hurricane Sandy [VIDEO]
- Cuomo Declares State of Emergency for New York
- NYS Thruway Preps for Hurricane Sandy
- Video: MTA Prepping for Storm
- Storm Preparation: Do You Have A Checklist?
- United Way Helping Folks Prep For Sandy
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