NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – As we head into the new year, The New Rochelle Daily Voice is counting down, in no particular order, the top 10 stories of 2012 .
Hurricane Sandy stormed into the Queen City of the Sound on the night of Oct. 28, knocking out power, destroying trees and, in some cases, the cars parked too close to them and disrupting everyday life for almost two weeks.
At one point after the storm, Con Ed reported that more than 20,000 New Rochelle customers, better than 60 percent, were without power. A week later, more than 4,000 customers were still waiting for the lights to come back on.
Schools were closed and an emergency shelter was opened at Albert Leonard Middle School. Con Ed was handing out dry ice to help residents preserve food remaining in powerless refrigerators.
Getting gas for cars and generators was also a problem for more than a week after Sandy blew out of town.
Stations that had gas couldn't pump it and deliveries to those with power were few and far between because power shortages in New York City and elsewhere caused delays getting gas off tankers. And the laws of supply and demand meant higher prices at the few working pumps.
New Rochelle resident Momi Luvsj said she had to go out of her way to fill up. “It’s ridiculous!! I have to travel to the Bronx to get gas!” she said in a post on The New Rochelle Daily Voice Facebook page.
Residents had to be on the lookout for downed live wires and were urged to use caution at intersections that did not have power for traffic signals and on streets where trees had fallen.