Storm Update: Clean-up Process Underway in Yonkers

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Storm Update: Clean-up Process Underway in Yonkers
Most roadways re-opened, crews continue pumping water from local homes

Yonkers, N.Y. (April 17, 2007)-- The clean-up process from nor'easter 2007 is underway in the City of Yonkers. Mayor Phil Amicone has received reports that the major roadways and most local streets have been re-opened. Meanwhile, crews are working to pump out homes of local residents and drain properties affected by the storm.

A brief summary of updates and other important information is available at the bottom of this page.

At a morning meeting of Commissioners and Department Heads, the City decided to keep the Cola Center located at 945 North Broadway, open as an Emergency Shelter for displaced residents as long as needed. The shelter is equipped with cots and food and personnel will be available at all times to assist those in need. The shelter at the Coyne Park Center has been closed.

The Office for the Aging will continue to provide transportation and anyone in need may contact (914) 377- 6822 to arrange for a pick-up. The office has several vans available to take residents to and from the Cola Center or other locations in the area.

The two areas that experience the most severe flooding in Yonkers were Clunie Avenue and a section of Palmer Road. The floodwater on Clunie Avenue at Hearst Street and Tompkins Avenue has been pumped from the street and city crews are working to pump-out the basements of homeowners in the area.

The City has pumped-out most of the water from apartment buildings on Palmer Avenue between 900 and 1000 and is working to restore electricity which could take several days. In the meantime, the Cola Center is available to those who need a place to stay and the City has sent crews to knock on doors and provide assistance to residents in this area.

Throughout the clean-up process, the City will continue to provide police presence and traffic control at affected areas. There will also be special refuse collections established in areas once the storm and water damage is corrected. For a curbside collection notice issued today, please see below.

Summary of updates & information:

Emergency Shelter:
*Cola Center, 945 North Broadway
*Coyne Park Center - CLOSED

Transportation:
Office for the Aging
(914) 377- 6822

Special Garbage Collection:

The City will collect curbside refuse and bulk items starting Wednesday, April 18, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the following locations:

*Area bounded by Palmer Road & Ellison Avenue.
*Nepperhan Avenue from Odell to Executive Blvd.

These collections will continue through the clean-up process.

In the coming days, collection containers for debris and damaged goods will also be placed at these locations:

*Clunie Avenue at Hearst St reet
*Clunie Avenue at Tompkins Avenue
*Barney Avenue at Nepperhan Avenue

There will be special collections established in other areas once the storm and water damage is corrected.

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City of Yonkers, Office of the Mayor
David Simpson
Director of Communications
phone: 914-377-6208 or 914-262-2950
City of Yonkers, Office of the Mayor
Amanda Modugno
Senior Staff Assistant
phone: 914-377-6634 or 914-803-2336