NEW CASTLE, N.Y. – Town officials are warning New Castle residents to begin preparing for Hurricane Sandy, which may hit New York early next week.
The National Weather Service predicts Westchester County may see heavy rains that could cause flooding and high winds starting Sunday evening and continuing into Tuesday.
The Chappaqua Daily Voice will have updates throughout the weekend as well as during and after the storm.
Residents can monitor the town’s website, area radio stations and news outlets for storm updates. Those needing assistance should call the police at 914-238-4422 or 911 in the case of an urgent emergency.
New Castle’s sole power provider is Consolidated Edison, which has already put in requests for 500 additional crews to help with the aftermath from next week’s storm, said Neil Sweeting of the Emergency Mapping team.
“We are expecting significant impacts to our systems,” Sweeting said. “So we are reaching out to the mid-Atlantic and even further through mutual aid contracts that are in place. So, we could have crews coming in from the mid-part of the country.”
Con Ed will begin adding staffing Sunday night, and Sweeting said the crews will likely go into full-scale emergency response starting Monday morning.
“We will be putting liaisons into municipalities that request them to help coordinate the response to public impacts,” he said. “Our first priority is going to be to address the municipal impacts.”
Customers losing power may not see immediate restoration, as life safety issues are the immediate priority for the Con Ed crews.
“Until we’ve addressed public safety issues, we will not be getting into the restoration phase,” Sweeting said
Sweeting said Con Ed also has put in requests for dry ice, but said the supply is limited. The utility will be handing out wet ice if it runs out of dry. Con Ed would hand out the ice at the Chappaqua Metro North Train Station at 108 Allen Place.
“We’re running into the same issues as all utilities are competing for the same dry ice stock,” he said. “They’re a tough item to get a hold of in bulk when everybody’s putting in requests."
Residents should be sure they have emergency supplies such as food, water and flashlights with extra batteries on hand as there is a strong probability of extended periods without electricity. Additional emergency planning advice can be found at the American Red Cross website.