The White Plains Examiner

Storm Preparations for Hurricane Sandy

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The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook relevant to late this weekend into early next week for our region:

There is increasing confidence that the Tri-State area, including the City of White Plains, will feel the impacts of a major coastal storm late this weekend into early next week. This includes the potential for heavy rainfall and high winds. The specific impacts will ultimately depend on the eventual track of the storm. All residents are therefore encouraged to monitor the forecast regularly.

The City of White Plains has begun to take preventive actions designed to decrease the potential for and severity of flooding. This includes cleaning out storm drains and catch basins. Residents are being asked to assist in this effort by not piling leaves in or near the street. Leaves will likely clog vital storm drains in adverse weather, which may lead to flooding.

This has been added to the city’s website. Check for updates over the next several days.                                                                                 

                                                                                       –Office of the Mayor City of White Plains 

Storm Preparations in Greenburgh

Greenburgh  public works crews are trying to be proactive, anticipating Hurricane Sandy. In a Friday morning e-mail  Superintendent Paul Feiner said: “Our crews are checking drains–cleaning out clogged drains. Our new local law requiring leaves to be bagged or mulched is helpful because there are many fewer leaf piles on the streets this year than any previous year. We have been able to use our employees more efficiently.”

Feiner continued: “I am authorizing overtime for Saturday (anticipated cost to town- under $10,000) so we can continue inspecting drains around town. Yesterday, I sent out an e-mail to residents who have had flood problems in the past asking for their help in advising us of drains that need to be checked out. Received many responses–and we’re following up on your requests. Have also forwarded other requests (re: branches near Con Ed wires) to Con Ed and they have been responsive.
I also spent some time this afternoon knocking on doors of local businesses and homeowners (including those in Elmsford) that have experienced major flood problems advising them of the towns efforts -trying to be proactive. Will continue to do some more outreach before the storm.”

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