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Thursday Update: Dry Ice Available, Some Government Buildings Open

Many in Brewster have power. Many in Southeast do not, and those folks are still waiting for expected restoration times.

[Updated, 12:50 p.m. Thursday] — Southeast Highway Department Superintendent Kevin Palmer said a few moments ago that the following roads are closed: 

  • Allview Avenue
  • Fields Lane
  • Joes Hill Road
  • Nelson Boulevard

[Updated, 11 a.m. Thursday] County Executive released a statement a few moments ago noting the number of closed roads in Putnam is 45. Yesterday that number was 145. At that time, about 80 percent of residents were without power. Now, the figure is 62 percent. Here's the breakdown (first percentage is Oct. 31, second is Nov. 1):

     ·  Village of Brewster: 80%, 29%
     ·  Carmel: 89%, 60%
     ·  Kent: 99%, 72%
     ·  Patterson: 93%, 90%
     ·  Putnam Valley: 99%, 98%
     .  Philipstown: 31%, 14%
     .  Southeast: 56%, 56%

All roads in the Village of Brewster, except for Allview Avenue, are open, according to Brewster Police Chief John DelGardo.

[Original story, 10:10 a.m. Thursday] While many in Putnam are still dealing with a lack of power after Hurricane Sandy, the area is slowly returning to normal—with fewer outages and more establishments open for business.

The Brewster Public Library has had power restored, and will be back in service starting at about 10 a.m. Thursday. In the Village of Brewster, government offices are open Thursday, as they were Wednesday.

Most—about 850 out of the 1,200, according to the New York State Electric & Gas website—of the customers in the Village of Brewster had power Thursday morning. Two of the traffic lights on Route 22 in Patterson were back in service by then, too.

Across Putnam, the outage total is down. Thursday morning numbers showed a total of 26,587. Wednesday morning that figure was more than 30,000. Many in Mahopac regained power overnight. 

In the Town of Southeast, a little more than half of the company's customers—approximately 3,400—are still waiting. A couple of them sounded off on this Patch story. At the time of this post, the company had yet to provide expected times of restoration on its website. On Wednesday, about 56 percent of Southeast folks were in the dark, according to County Executive MaryEllen Odell.

For those folks, dry ice and water is available at Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association. Town and Village officials will be there until 7 p.m. Thursday.

"Like yesterday, supplies will be more plentiful after fresh pickups from NYSEG," Councilwoman Liz Hudak wrote to the Yahoo group Brewster10509. "I believe that the times should be like yesterday, 11am and 4pm...we will be giving you some more updates throughout the day."

Residents are welcome to charge electronics and warm up there. People in other areas of Putnam have similar options in their respective towns. No overnight shelters are available.

Carmel and Mahopac schools will be closed Thursday and Friday. Brewster will be closed—for the fourth consecutive day—Thursday, with no word on the rest of the week as of the time of this post.

Many businesses (including Bernie's Deli, Bob's Diner, Brewster Superette, DeCicco's Family Markets, Kelly's Corner, McDonald's, Seven Star School of Performing Arts (after noon), Splash Car Wash and TrueCare Pharmacy) and gas stations in Brewster and Southeast are open for business. The Putnam County Board of Elections is open too, as of 10 a.m. Wednesday.

On a county-wide level, Odell said Wednesday that all events are canceled until further notice. Putnam County Transit and Para-Transit was suspended indefinitely earlier in the week.

Ashley Tarr (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Some other info: -Town of Carmel will distribute dry ice and water at Mahopac High School on Baldwin Place Road beginning at 1 p.m. today. Supplies are limited. -For those folks in northern Southeast, Pawling Library is open. Lots of tables, outlets and good WiFi.
lareina228 November 01, 2012 at 02:40 PM
thanks for the update - however, the response time on this has been extremely slow. its cold, i lost all my food, nyseg said to go through homeowners insurance. I rent so how on earth does that help me?
kma November 01, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Ummm Putnam Valley???? Remember us?
lareina228 November 01, 2012 at 02:47 PM
when will NYSEG get to southeast? No amount of dry ice or cell phone charging is going to keep you warm.
Ashley Tarr (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Thanks for weighing in, Lareina. Have you been able to visit any of the comfort stations?
Ashley Tarr (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Hi Kma. Thanks for commenting. The situation in Putnam Valley looks similar to the one in Southeast—about 3,800 NYSEG customers without power. No restoration times, just "assessing" on the company sites. I'll be sure to post any additional information I obtain.
Brewster Bob November 01, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Fantastic. The library is open. Now I can go read a book. Seriously?
Susan Drew November 01, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Temperatures are supposed to go below freezing at night starting Saturday. NYSEG needs to stop assessing and getting more people's power back.
lareina228 November 01, 2012 at 03:27 PM
my street was assessing now its blank - i mean seriously now. this is completley ridiculous. spoke to a rep @ NYSEG this morning and last night - said i would have a restoration time THIS MORNING. Instead of that I get a blank status. I am so disgusted with this situation. We need power in southeast - this is crazy.
lareina228 November 01, 2012 at 03:38 PM
you can read but you cant take a shower or get warm at night. spoke to NYSEG they expect their entire service area to be up by 12am Sunday night.
Ashley Tarr (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 03:42 PM
You can also charge your cell phone and take advantage of Internet access, which dozens of people did during storms last year.
Susan Drew November 01, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Spoke with a NYSEG representative just now. Restoration times should be available on the NYSEG web site by 9am tomorrow. The "vast majority" of power should be restored by Sunday.
lareina228 November 01, 2012 at 03:45 PM
i spoke to them also, same answer Susan- maybe the arent lying!
Susan Drew November 01, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Hopefully not!
Ashley Tarr (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Just confirmed with Councilman Bob Cullen-there are shower facilities available at Southeast confort station (at HVCPA, 15 Mount Ebo Road South),
Ashley Tarr (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Comfort*
TracyD November 01, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Seriously. Brewster Heights got through the storm only to lose power Tuesday evening. There has been someone from NYSEG just sitting on Lincoln Road for the last two days, with no progress being made. What a joke.
Rachel November 01, 2012 at 06:15 PM
The website is useless. Route 164 doesn't say anything however there are crews there now. Got dry ice yesterday at Mt Ebo and it was in and out, easy.
Jack Duncan November 01, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Eagles Ridge now has power- assume Brewster Heights is on (?) I'm a Local 1-2 Uti;ity Workers Union member. In over 30 years I have not seen so many trees and lines down in Westchester and Putnam from one storm. Please be aware that some trees that have not come down (but have been weakened)- will still come down-causing additional outages and danger.As much as it sounds lame-Storm Damage assesment (first) is the quickest way to get everyone's power restored.Having said that- NYSEG reduced it work force a few years ago- and its a matter of deploying less line crews due to less line crews available.

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