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Rye Mayor: Damage Widespread Following Hurricane Sandy

Rye Town Park near Playland in Rye remains closed after Hurricane Sandy.
Rye Town Park near Playland in Rye remains closed after Hurricane Sandy. Photo Credit: Anna Helhoski

RYE, N.Y. – Damage following Hurricane Sandy is widespread and Rye remains in public safety mode with downed wires, damaged trees and traffic control devices out of commission, Mayor Douglas French announced Tuesday.

During the storm, the tidal surge was well-above normal at 6 to 11 ft. Ninety-percent of the city was without power Tuesday afternoon and the city has advised residents to be prepared to be without power for two to seven days.

According to French, 4,513 locations were without power in the city. Rye is working in coordination with Con Edison crews on public safety for live wires and damaged poles, and to restore primary cables, which are the main conduits in Rye. After those areas are addressed, individual residents on large and small grid networks will have power restored, officials said.

The city shelter at Rye Country Day School (Upper Gym) on Grandview Avenue will remain open Tuesday night. There were 50 residents Monday night and the Red Cross will be delivering hot meals during the evening.

In its rescue efforts, the city used three Humvees and one rescue truck obtained free from the Federal Government. French said these vehicles were “very beneficial” in reaching locations through high-levels of water.

During the storm, there were a total of 12 rescues – six in the afternoon and six in the evening. There was one fire in the city due to a generator possibly inside a garage. French urged residents to keep generators outside due to possible carbon monoxide.

French said the city is awaiting word on a Federal Disaster Declaration from which they can apply for financial relief on overtime, equipment, materials and damage in the city.

Residents are asked to report downed wires and trees to the police at 967-1234. Police will coordinate with Con Edison.  Power outages should be reported to 1-800-75-CON ED.

Rye City Schools will remain closed Wednesday. At 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, athletes, students and community members are asked to come to Rye High School to uncover the turf put down before the storm.

Green waste garbage will stay on schedule for Wednesday and residents should cut and bring debris curbside.  Regular garbage pick-up will resume on Thursday.

Halloween in the City of Rye will also be postponed with a date to be determined in coordination with the schools.  Block parties are also suspended for Wednesday.

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