CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. Saturdays snowstorm left thousands without power and helped make Halloween in Chappaqua feel more authentic by transforming downtown into a ghost town.
Downed power lines closed schools district-wide and forced several stores to halt business. One storefront active on South Greeley Avenue on Monday was Dunkin Donuts, which featured a line extending out the door.
Coffee is essential, said Amy Russo, who is unable to brew her own at home.
Another safe-haven was the library, which had power but no wireless internet. Many laptop-toting residents still flocked to the library early in the morning to grab an outlet before they were all gone.
Horace Greeley High School opened its doors until 8 p.m. Monday, offering warm shelter and hot showers for those without power.
"Chappaqua Central School District and Town of New Castle are working together to offer some relief during the power outage," said Town Administrator Penelle Paderewski.
Travel was also made difficult for commuters, with New Castle crews unable to tend to certain downed trees that were tangled with power lines. Powerless traffic lights added to the degree of difficulty.
"Many roads remain closed due to wires and trees down. Town crews are clearing roads that are blocked with no wires involved. Con Ed crews must clear road closures involving power lines," said Lt. Dan Cannon in a statement.
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