With thousands out of power in Rye, downed wires and trees throughout the city and many secondary roads closed, it is not safe for residents to be navigating the streets, city officials say.
Con Edison representatives were at the city’s command center at the police station at 7 a.m. discussing a plan to handle the power outages, said City Manager Assistant Eleanor Militana.
“Con Ed has to de-energize the wires before we can clear the trees and we are trying to clear as fast we can,” Militana said.
The main roads, including Purchase Street and Boston Post Road are open, Militana said, but she urges residents not to drive so crews can clean up and clear hazards.
At 4 p.m. Monday, the city police went door to door in mandatory evacuation areas asking residents to leave and offering assistance to those who need it. There is no word on when evacuees will be able to return to their homes at this point. We will post this information as soon as it becomes available.
As of about 7:30 p.m. last night, about 15 people were at the Rye Country Day emergency shelter with more on their way, and eight were at the Port Chester High School shelter.
“I’ve never seen a storm like that before,” said Militana. “I’m not happy about the tree that fell on my house but I’m happy no one here got hurt.”
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