Yesterday's quick hitting tropical storm brought with it a massive amount of damage to our area. The town's highway department, under the leadership of superintendent Nick Devito, has been out all night clearing trees and reopening local roadways. NYSEG has tree and line crews embedded with highway department staff as they work through the damage. Here is where things currently stand.
Almost all local roadways are now passable thanks to the hard work of the highway department.
Warren Street, Ridge Way, Anasville Road, and Summit Circle are still being worked on. Roads that remain impassable are those with significant downed trees and wires, which require NYSEG crews to respond.
NYSEG is reporting that 92% of their Brewster division, which includes Somers, is without power. There is no further information from NYSEG as to restoration times.
The town is activating its emergency operation center.
NYSEG will be delivering dry ice and water, and the DeCiccio's is offering freezer space for those needing a place to store their frozen goods. That information will be distributed when available.
The damage caused by the storm is as bad as it gets. We can expect that some areas of town may not get power restored for multiple days. Beyond dealing with a pandemic, our community is now confronted with more adversity. We must come together, take care of one another and get through this.
A big thank you to the fire department who have been instrumental in the emergency response. We are very lucky to have them, along with our first responders.