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Storm Preparations: VOM to Issue State of Emergency Sunday Night

The Village of Mamaroneck urges residents to prepare for an impending storm of unknown magnitude.

 

The following information was provided by Mayor Norm Rosenblum of the Village of Mamaroneck.

The Village of Mamaroneck, Town of Mamaroneck, Westchester County and the National Weather Service have been closely following the track of Hurricane Sandy since Tuesday, Oct. 23.  There are multiple projections for storm tracks which indicate the storm will either continue on a northward trajectory towards the New York Metropolitan area or shift westerly and make an inland approach in the vicinity of the Delmarva Peninsula (off the coasts of Delaware, Virginia and Maryland).  Over the course of the next 24 to 48 hours, additional information will become available to more accurately predict the path of this storm.  As information becomes available, the village will contact residents through a reverse-911 system, post information on the village’s website and send messages via e-mail.

Current forecasts indicate that we may experience coastal flooding beginning late Sunday evening into early Monday morning.  The brunt of the storm is anticipated to make landfall Monday. 

In anticipation of this, the village will declare a state of emergency on Sunday evening in order to suspend all parking restrictions and allow people who live in low-lying and flood prone areas to relocate their vehicles to higher areas so long as they do not block driveways and fire hydrants.

The village will also be suspending noise regulations so that power equipment and construction vehicles may be utilized only to take actions in preparation for the impending storm.

Preliminary forecasts at this time are for 4 to 6 inches of rain during the storm and a possible tidal surge of 4-6 feet which will likely cause the closure of Rushmore Avenue and Flagler Drive.  In the event of high velocity sustained winds, with downed trees and power lines, other sections of the village may not be passable for first responders.

Residents are encouraged to remove any piles of leaves they have placed in the street as these materials may wash into storm drains which could contribute to localized flooding condition and slippery roads.  Curbside leaf season and collection of leaf piles does not take place until Nov.1. However, the village has been clearing catch basins and removing leaf piles in areas that are at risk for flooding.

Residents should also prepare in advance, as a precaution, by securing all items in yards or other open areas that may be subject to strong winds. Also have items available in your residence such as batteries, flashlights, candles, water and non-perishable foods that do not require cooking.  Fill up your car gas tanks.  Also prepare for possible increased amounts of rain and potential flooding as a result.

In the event that the effects of the storm are significant enough, residents in the flood prone and coastal areas should be prepared to evacuate.  If an evacuation is required, a temporary shelter will be set up at the Mamaroneck High School gymnasium located on Post Road.  This decision on whether or not to evacuate will be made Monday.

For more information, please visit www.villageofmamaroneck.org

Stefani Kim October 28, 2012 at 05:23 AM
Hi, It appears that none of the links on the page are working. Here's a link to the FEMA guide—it's pretty comprehensive: http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes I don't think any of the links are Mamaroneck-specific, so you could probably search online for more information. Here's another link to the American Red Cross page: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/hurricane Hope that helps. Best, Stefani
LifeLongResident October 28, 2012 at 10:51 AM
Stefani, thank you so much for checking on that, I am glad it is not just me who is having trouble and thank you for saying where the evacuation center is on the other article. I have weathered alot of storms here but this one has really got me spooked for some reason. I have been up most of the night trying to get everything elevated. I hope that the Village is ready for this, the mucking up of the website stuff doesn't give me alot of hope.
Allison October 28, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Stefani, Thanks for posting two links. Right now village website is a dead end source of information on pre storm preparedness If readers don't read comments they may not see your publication's post. Is there any way to place your posted link within the article so readers don't miss it?
Conrad Heyer October 28, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Does anybody appreciate the level of absurdity here? Doesn't the Village have the biggest problem with flooding around? Why doesn't the Village have a web presence? I just went there and Stephanie is right, it doesn't work. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ :( Shaking my head is disbelief.-~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Stefani Kim October 28, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Hi All, I will be posting a new article with the Village's latest warnings and plans to open an evacuation shelter at MHS. I will include links posted above. Best, Stefani

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