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New Rochelle Roadway Remains Blocked By Fallen Tree

A tree is blocking Weeks Place in New Rochelle after Wednesday's storm.
A tree is blocking Weeks Place in New Rochelle after Wednesday's storm. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
Fifth Avenue between State Street and Pinebrook Road had to be closed for most of the day in New Rochelle.
Fifth Avenue between State Street and Pinebrook Road had to be closed for most of the day in New Rochelle. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
The fallen tree crushed the hood of one car, and struck another on Weeks Place in New Rochelle.
The fallen tree crushed the hood of one car, and struck another on Weeks Place in New Rochelle. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
The tree struck a windshield of a car on Weeks Place in New Rochelle.
The tree struck a windshield of a car on Weeks Place in New Rochelle. Photo Credit: Zak Failla

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Several New Rochelle residents remained trapped on Weeks Place on Thursday afternoon, after Wednesday night’s wild weather felled a massive tree that blocked the roadway.

With winds reaching upwards of 70 mph in the Lower Hudson Valley overnight, a tree measuring more than 15 feet was ripped from its roots, completely blocking the roadway, crushing the hood of one vehicle, striking another and puncturing a windshield of a parked car in a nearby driveway.

Con Edison responded to the scene early on Thursday morning, and remained on scene as they needed to restring multiple power lines that were also affected by the storm. As a result of the accident, police were forced to shut down Fifth Avenue between State Street and Pinebrook Road for most of the day.

On Thursday, neighbors gathered near the scene of the downed tree to observe as crews began cleaning debris.

“I knew it was windy last night, but I didn’t think that something like this could happen,” Sylvan Place resident Caleigh Walsh said while observing the damage. “Ultimately the neighborhood may have been fortunate that no one was outside in that weather and that it didn’t hit anyone’s houses.”

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