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Tuckahoe Enlists Help In Fight Against Mother Nature

Tuckahoe roadways are only going to get worse as a potentially historic winter storm hits Westchester County.
Tuckahoe roadways are only going to get worse as a potentially historic winter storm hits Westchester County. Photo Credit: Jim Killoran

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – With the village already in a state of emergency, Tuckahoe officials have enlisted additional contractors to assist DPW crews as the East Coast braces for the wrath of the impending winter storm.

Tuckahoe Mayor Steve Ecklond declared a state of emergency as of 4 p.m. Monday. He said village officials were hard at work enlisting snow removal services to combat the estimated two feet of snow that is expected to build up.

On Tuesday, Ecklond will participate in a municipal teleconference with the Westchester Office of Emergency Management to advise county officials of the village's status following the brunt of the storm overnight.

“We have used our pre-storm time advantage to prepare our snow clearing equipment and secure loose objects that may become airborne with the anticipated high winds,” Ecklond said.

“We have engaged the assistance of sub-contractual snow hauling and removal services that we will put into place to assist our DPW crews if, and when, needed. In addition, we have secured additional locations for large quantities of snow placement.”

According to the National Weather Service, snowfall will be steady throughout the night, with an accumulation of between 10 and 16 inches. Winds are expected to reach 25 mph with gusts as high as 40 mph. Tuesday may see an additional 10 inches, with blustery winds blowing snow and a wind chill value no higher than 10 degrees.

Ecklond said village offices, the public library and Tuckahoe Community Center will be closed on Tuesday due to the inclement weather. He said residents are in capable hands that have been among the quickest in the county to recover from the “100-year storms” that have become a seemingly annual occurrence.

“We are very fortunate to have a very seasoned police department and Public Works Department, both of which are commanded by extraordinary leadership,” he said. “I am confident Tuckahoe can take the punch that we’ll get from the storm and that residents should know we’re ready to punch back with everything we’ve got.”

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