YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Many of Yorktown’s 38,000 residents awoke Saturday morning to assess the damage brought by a surprise late winter storm that uprooted dozens of trees, knocked out power to most of the town, and caused untold damage to cars, homes, and infrastructure.
As of 7 p.m. Saturday, 9,310 homes and businesses (63 percent) remained without power, according to information provided by Con Edison and NYSEG, the town’s two energy providers. A State of Emergency forbidding unnecessary travel was declared by Supervisor Ilan Gilbert and remains in effect until 8 a.m. Sunday, as town crews and energy companies work to cleanup and repair Yorktown.
For residents without power, the Yorktown Community and Cultural Center at 1974 Commerce St. will serve as a place where residents can go and heat up while recharging their devices. The town also provided overnight shelter at the community center, which is being manned by the town’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
Gilbert said restoration is unlikely for many town residents before Monday. He said only two Con Edison crews and one NYSEG crew have been dispatched to Yorktown, and both companies are prioritizing public safety before working on restoration.
“I’ve voiced my concerns,” he said regarding the energy companies.
Gilbert said the highway department worked all Friday night, removing trees that were not entangled with live electrical wires. On Saturday, the town worked with the energy companies, which must shut off power before the town can get involved with certain trees.
The supervisor said damage from the storm was comparable to the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.
“It was the sustained winds that was devastating,” Gilbert said.
Highway Superintendent Dave Paganelli said his crews have been clearing trees since Friday.
“Our crews are working diligently night and day,” Paganelli said. “We are working with the utility companies to make roadways safe by removing hundreds of trees after we know it is safe to do so.”
Councilman Tom Diana handed out dry ice and water from 4:30 to 4:45 p.m. in the Kmart parking lot.
Yorktown Schools Superintendent Dr. Ron Hattar announced that the school district would be closed Monday, March 5.
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