Storm Update: City Works to Restore Electricity, Repair Roadways, Assess Damage, Collect Refuse & Coordinate Disaster Assistance

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Storm Update: City Works to Restore Electricity,

Repair Roadways, Assess Damage, Collect Refuse &

Coordinate Disaster Assistance

Yonkers, N.Y. (April 18, 2007)-- In the aftermath of nor'easter 2007, the City of Yonkers has held regular meetings with Commissioners and Department Heads to assess damages and coordinate various assistance efforts. Now that most of the floodwaters have been pumped from homes, buildings and yards, the focus has turned to restoring electricity. The City has been working closely with homeowners, building managers and Con-Edison to safely restore electrical services that were severely damaged by flooding.

The Building Department issued the following information regarding gas and electric services:

To Restore Gas: If gas was shut off by Con-Edison, a licensed plumber must be hired to perform the necessary tests in order for gas to be turned back on.

To Restore Electric: If electricity was shut off by Con-Edison due to water damage, a licensed electrician must be hired to perform the necessary tests in order for electricity to be turned back on.

According to reports, a number of apartment buildings in the 900 to 1000 section of Palmer Road are experiencing similar problems with restoring electricity due to severe water damage. The management office at 900 Palmer Road issued a notice to residents regarding efforts to provide electricity to the building by Thursday with a temporary generator; however, it is still unclear when gas service will be restored.

Throughout the clean-up process, the City will continue to provide police presence and traffic control at affected areas. There will also be ongoing collections for refuse and bulk items.

In the meantime, the clean-up process continues throughout many areas of the city. The Fire Department received approximately 560 storm related calls, mostly for the removal of water from basements, between Sunday and Monday. As of today, they were able to address most of the concerns.

In addition, efforts are underway to obtain disaster assistance from the state and federal governments and reimbursements may be available. Residents who experienced flooding are advised to document any damages by taking photographs. The City's 24- hour HELP line is taking the names, addresses and phone numbers of residents who may qualify for disaster assistance and want to be contacted for an upcoming meeting. Please call 377-HELP (4357) to leave your name and contact information.

Fortunately, there have been no reports of downed trees which had been a major concern. Street- sweepers have been sent out on a regular basis to clean roadways of any debris and the Department of Public Works has been working to repair potholes caused by flooding. Crews started to repair potholes on Midland and Yonkers Avenues yesterday and they will continue addressing other areas as soon as possible.

The Emergency Shelter set up at the Cola Center, 945 North Broadway, has been in operation for the past few days, but only a small group of residents have used the site. The shelter will close tomorrow morning in order to resume regularly scheduled programs.

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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