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Slow Progress In Clearing Downed Trees & Power Lines To Open Clarkstown’s Roads

Portions of 58 roads remain fully closed and 28 roads have partial access

 

Clarkstown roads are slowly being reopened as power lines, trees and branches are cleared in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  Sections of 58 roads are still completely closed in New City, Bardonia, Valley Cottage, Congers, West Nyack and Nanuet.  28 roads are partially closed in New City, Nanuet, West Nyack, Congers and Valley Cottage.

The pace of progress is slow because highway crews cannot clear the downed limbs on the roads until Orange & Rockland shuts off the live power lines. On Thursday morning, town supervisors and highway superintendents met with Senator David Carlucci and Assembly members Ken Zebrowski and Bill Larkin to discuss their damage assessments and cleanup efforts and additional assistance they need. An update call with O&R followed the meeting,

Clarkstown Highway Superintendent Wayne Ballard said O&R sent two linemen to work with highway employees during the overnight hours from Wednesday to Thursday.  They reopened three roads: Third Street, West Nyack Road and Bardonia Road.

Watchdog November 02, 2012 at 09:37 AM
Open your eyes. This is REQUIRED READING. http://nanuet.patch.com/blog_posts/a-modest-proposal
William Demarest November 02, 2012 at 10:00 AM
The Red Cross is in Rockland and has been assisting with the shelter at RCC.
RJ November 02, 2012 at 12:13 PM
On Tuesday morning there were clarkstown employees clearing fallen trees and debris from the nature path that goes around congers lake while there are trees down all over town blocking roads. While I understand they cannot go near down power lines until O&R clears the area there are certaintly other things those guys could've been doing. There are plenty of trees down that do not involve power lines. There's tons of leaves and brush to be picked up in front of people's houses (Meriwether Rd in Congers was done right away. For some reason that street gets priority while the street I live on next to an elementary school won't see a town truck until the end of November). Most residents are without power and are asked to drive to Pomona to get ice in the midst of a gas shortage. Those town employees making the path nice & clean could've spent the day picking up the ice from Pomona and finding a location closer to clarkstown to hand it out.
Antonia Sambevski November 02, 2012 at 03:50 PM
WOW! IT IS REALLY AMAZING HOW UNGRATEFUL AND SELFISH YOU PEOPLE ARE! DO YOU REALIZE THE COMPLETE DEVASTATION THIS STORM HAS CAUSED? DO YOU REALIZE HOW LUCKY YOU ARE THAT YOU ARE NOT THE FAMILY WHO LOST A FATHER WHEN A TREE FELL IN THEIR HOUSE; THE CHILDREN WHO LOST THEIR PARENTS WHEN A TREE HIT THERE CAR.. OR HAVE HAD YOUR HOUSE DRAGGED OFF ITS FOUNDATION INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE HIGHWAY. BE GRATEFUL THAT IT IS WARM AND SUNNY AND YOUR FAMILY IS INTACT AND IT IS NOT SNOWING. BE GRATEFUL THAT WE WERE GIVEN AMPLE WARNING AND TIME TO BRING IN SUPPLIES AND FILL UP CARS AND GENERATORS WITH GAS AHEAD OF TIME. IT HAS ONLY BEEN A FEW DAYS AND HALF THE PEOPLE WHO WERE WITHOUT ELECTRIC ARE BACK UP.. AND THE REST WILL BE UP WITH IN THE WEEK.. THE TOWN AND O&R ARE GIVING PLENTY OF UPDATES. MAYBE INSTEAD OF SPENDING YOUR TIME BASHING THOSE WHO ARE WORKING YOU CAN GET OUT THERE AND CLEAR YOUR OWN STREETS THAT DON'T HAVE POWERLINES DOWN. BE GRATEFUL THEY ARE OFFERING DRY ICE, THEY DON'T HAVE TO. PERHAPS YOU SHOULD BE DOWN ON YOUR KNEES COUNTING YOUR BLESSINGS RATHER THAN PLAYING WITH YOU IPADS BASHING THOSE WHO ARE WORKING TO HELP YOU!
RUTH HESS November 05, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Scott Vanderhoef was on CBS radio today berating the slow response of O&R. He also mentioned that he is still without power, and that no answers are forthcoming. There are thousands of people without homes and have no places to go. Let's count our blessings that we are still alive.

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