NEW ROCHELE, N.Y. – Crews continued to work Thursday on the recovery effort from Hurricane Sandy as New Rochelle’s state of emergency remained in effect.
Officials worked with Con Edison to restore power to more than 20,000 customers, but it will take more than a week for full restorarion, the city said.
Con Ed will focus on schools, nursing homes, and other critical facilities. Repairs will happen on a rolling basis, but residents should be prapred for the worst and plan accordingly, the city said.
The city was also removing fallen trees and branches that blocked streets. Residents need to use caution while traveling through intersections that do not have power and on roads that might still be blocked by trees and branches, officials said. Downed wires should be considered live and avoided.
The city clears roads as quickly as it can, but public works crews cannot remove fallen trees until Con Ed assesses the situation first, the city said. The city also said mutual-aid crews are arriving to help Con Ed and expects progress for restoration to move along.
In the meantime, residents can still use the Red Cross Emergency Shelter at Albert Leonard Middle School, 25 Gerada Lane.
Senior citizens also have access to the Hugh A. Doyle Senior Center, but no food is provided. Seniors who need assistance can call the center at 914-235-2363.
Residents should report all outages directly to Con Edison at 800-75-CONED. Non-emergency issues should be reported to the New Rochelle Police Department at 914-654-2300 or 2-1-1. Residents can report downed trees to 914-740-6118.
Garbage will be picked up Thursday and Friday. Alternate side of the street parking enforcement is suspended for the rest of the week.
The city’s Farmers Market will go on as scheduled on the library green on Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The City of New Rochelle issues updates through the city website, Facebook and Twitter; NRTV Cable Channel 75 and FIOS Channel 28; and automated phone and email messages.
Residents can sign up to receive these emergency alerts directly through the city’s website
Residents are encouraged to share the information in this story with friends and neighbors who don’t have power.