EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – Eastchester and Tuckahoe employees were hard at work Tuesday, as they began cleaning up the wreckage caused by Hurricane Sandy on Monday night.
Fallen trees and downed wires were prevalent in the area. Post Road was blocked off to motorists near Eastchester High School, and the entrance to the Bronx River Parkway in Tuckahoe had several trees and a power pole splintered across the road as police and Department of Public Work employees did their best to help residents recover.
As of 4 p.m. on Tuesday, 4,043 of 7,900 Con Edison customers in Eastchester remained without power, while 1,605 residents in Tuckahoe were suffering from outages out of 2,867 customers.
“There are numerous down trees and tree limbs all throughout Tuckahoe. Our DPW teams are cutting, clearing and, where possible, removing the down trees and debris,” Tuckahoe Mayor Steve Ecklond said late Monday. “Our pre-storm planning and advance preparation work has proven to be very effective.”
In Tuckahoe, most of the damage is on Underhill Street, where a tree toppled and took wires with it, affecting nearly 1,000 customers.
Downed wires on the corner of Sylvan and Lincoln Avenue in Eastchester have caused 1,093 customers to lose power. Streets surrounding Mill Road were also hit hard by the hurricane. With 21 outages in the area affecting 169 people. Six outages on Park Drive have left 32 customers without power. There are nearly 100 other outages scattered throughout the town, affecting several thousand more customers.
Despite a slew of wires on the ground and trees perilously leaning on poles and power lines, residents took to the streets to get a peek at the damage. Many were shocked by what they saw.
At around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Eastchester police personnel were busy setting up portable stop signs at intersections where traffic lights were without power. In other parts of the area, traffic signs and street lights could be found littering the side of the road after they were blown straight out of the ground.”
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