CARMEL, N.Y. - In the wake of Tropical Storm Isaias, County Executive had declared a state of emergency.
The storm knocked out power for 90 percent of Putnam County residents and left the streets littered with debris, downed trees, power lines and wires.
Odell said the reason for the declaration is two-fold. First, it will allow the county to be reimbursed for the cost of work and materials needed to get power fully restored, and second, it will allow the county access to things such as fuel that’s needed to continue operations.
She said workers at the county’s emergency operation center have been working around the clock since the storm hit on Tuesday afternoon, noting they received more than 600 9-1-1 calls in a five-hour span.
“It’s like 2018 all over again,” Odell said, referring to the storm that hit in May of that year that included tornadoes and knocked out power for more than 2,000 Mahopac residents, taking the life of a North Salem woman and tearing the roof off a Dunkin' Donuts store in Kent.
Odell said she has been in contact with the CEO of New York State Electric & Gas, which is providing wet ice, dry ice and water. The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services is sending generators for intersection traffic lights and back loaders and other the equipment needed to move downed trees and help NYSEG with the restoration.
The county executive said she has also called in the National Guard like she did in 2018 to help workers and aid in the distribution of the ice and water.