Outages and blocked roadways still hamper parts of Yorktown two days after Irene, and officials are growing increasingly frustrated with the power companies’ response efforts.
Above, East Main Street at Wood Street in Jefferson Valley was closed this morning. Below, Hanover Street was closed between Montross and California roads this morning. (Brian Howard/The Journal News)
While there was no major infrastructure damage from the storm, Hanover Street just south of the Heights hamlet and East Main Street in Jefferson Valley were two main roads still blocked by downed trees at midday today. Downed trees that blocked Route 118 and another location on Hanover earlier were cleared.
Chase Road residents were relieved to have their street cleared, but their homes remain in the dark.
With the Nintendo Wii and DVR running off his generator, Eric Bollin of Chase Road said his grandson Halen, 7, is happy. And with the giant pine tree that lay across power lines and blocked the street since Sunday morning now removed, Bollin is too.
“The frustrating part about that was you called the town to come take the tree down and push it aside and they won’t touch it until the power’s off,” the Chase Road resident said.
That tree blocked access to the remote neighborhood off Route 118 for two full days. It’ll be another two before Con Ed expects to restore electricity. Bollin, a retiree, worried about emergency vehicles reaching the elderly and infirm among his neighbors and fire engines reaching a potential fire.
But he went four days without power two winters back, so this August outage is bearable by comparison. He’ll wait this one out, and was glad just to get out and pick up a newspaper and catch up with the world.
“It’s almost like a challenge to make it through,” he said.
Councilmen Jim Martorano and Nick Bianco called on the state Public Service Commission to investigate the response of Con Edison and NYSEG. They cite too few work crews deployed by either company, inefficient and discourteous response to complaints and too little dry ice for distribution to those without power.
With so many days warning of the storm, they call the response unacceptable.
“It’s looking a little better,” Bianco said after receiving word power to Springhurst, Quinlan streets and North Deerfield Road had returned. “We’re starting to see some people (returned) now. You see light in the tunnel. I think what people’s frustration is is not knowing when.”
NYSEG listed 3,792 outages this afternoon and officials say the utility has been slow to kill power to allow town workers to remove trees from its utility lines.
Con Edison, which listed 2,065 outages townwide, finally restored it Tuesday to Condo 9 at Jefferson Village senior condominiums, but the Beaveridge apartments for individuals with disabilities and Town Hall itself are still out. The latter is on generator power.
Both companies are predicting full return of service by Thursday or Friday.
The town sent a crew late Monday to NYSEG’s Brewster office to pick up 225 bags of dry ice, but it was too late to deliver to Beaveridge, where the Red Cross arrived today with ready-to-eat meals.
The ice was distributed to Jefferson Village, the fire department and individual homeowners.
Siegel and Highway Superintendent Eric DiBartolo have tried repeatedly to coordinate repairs with NYSEG. She said there would be a full debriefing once recovery is complete to find out where improvement is needed.
“Its very frustrating,” Siegel said.
Meanwhile, the North County Trailway is closed until further notice for about a mile between Route 118 and Revere Drive in Croton Heights due to storm damage.