OSSINING, N.Y. – Hurricane Sandy swept through Ossining leaving half of all Ossining customers without power Tuesday, dozens of roadways blocked and boats washed up onto the shore and onto the tracks at the Ossining Train Station.
More than 5,000 were without power at noon Tuesday, including the Ossining Operations Center, three firehouses and the Caputo Community Center. Ossining officials said generators are being used at the Ossining Operations Center and Caputo Community Center. There were no major injuries or accidents reported Tuesday morning, said Village of Ossining police.
Dozens of downed trees and wires led to numerous road closures through the night. Ossining officials said there are trees and downed wires causing road closures at Campwoods Avenue and Stone Road, Croton Avenue and Stone Road, Havell Street, South Highland and Rockledge Avenue and South Highland and Waller Street. Police were also directing traffic along South Highland Avenue with posts at Old Albany Post Road, Rockledge Avenue and Waller Avenue.
Ossining Mayor William Hanauer said Con Edison crews were responding to downed wires in the area Tuesday morning but was unsure when power would come back for the village.
“We responded first to those communities that were cutoff and we could not get emergency services through,” Hanauer said. “In the village, there are no longer places where emergency services can’t pass but there may be a few spots in the town. Other than downed wires, we’ve had a lot of damage sustained at the parks and at the waterfront.”
Hanauer said “several boats floated off” and later “slammed into the marinas.” Another boat ended up on the train tracks at the Ossining Train Station. Hanauer added that the Ossining Boat House Restaurant sustained more than nine feet of water during the heaviest of the storm.
“Please stay away from downed wires and refrain from walking through the storm if at all possible,” Hanauer said. “A live wire under the water will not be visible and it can still kill you. Do not travel during the storm and remain indoors during the storm if you can.”
The Ossining Police Department released the following list of road closures due to downed wires or trees in the Town of Ossining:
12 Morningside Drive - road closed due to tree down with wires. 19 Ganung Drive - wires down Chappaqua Road - snapped pole (Morningside Road/ Burns Place) Route 9A Northbound near Ryder Road - right lane closed due to a tree down Rt 9A Northbound Shady near Farm Lane - right lane closed due to tree down Rt 9A Northbound at Armory - closed due to a tree down 15 Ridgeview Drive - Tree down on occupied house 409 Chappaqua Road - tree down on house Tree down on house at 41 Gordon Ave. called in by homeowner Tree down on propane tank at 10 River Parkway 15 Gordon Ave. (Tree down on wires) 50 Gordon Ave. (Tree down across roadway with wires) Old Albany Post Road and Gerlach Park closed due to a tree down with wires 40 Cedar Lane closed due to tree down with wires Rt 9 - St. Augustine's traffic light out 18 Studio Hill Road wires blocking roadway Stormytown Road- Reeback Drive wires on fire. Awaiting for Con Edison