WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Westchester County and New York City residents filled the White Plains Train Station on Saturday to return home as power was restored for many following days of Hurricane Sandy-related outages.
"I kept calling NYSEG's emergency number and then they said it was up on my street because they know exactly where I live, which is great," said Lorraine Furtick, who lives in Patterson, N.Y., and had not had power since Monday night.
The retired librarian's sister came to pick her up Wednesday afternoon, and she stayed at her sister and mother's home in Mount Vernon.
Furtick has ordered a generator to be prepared for the next outage, because it has happened four times in recent memory, she said.
She thanked the MTA for "doing a good job" resuming regular service on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines less than a week after Sandy decimated the rail system.
With gas being hard to find in the tri-state area and long lines awaiting those who find it, Metro-North has become vital for many people, including Mount Vernon resident Joyce Colon.
"Until everything gets back to normal, it is what it is," she said. "You just have to make due. It's going to take some time."
The Mount Vernon resident was glad the trains were up and running again.
"This is just great to be some semblance of normalcy in light of all the destruction going on," said Colon. "I feel very grateful that nothing happened to my area. My heart goes out to all those people out there." One unique set of visitors to the station was a utility crew from New Orleans, who had just arrived and were headed to Yonkers to start working.
"Right away, I thought of [Hurricane] Katrina," said Gary Waxman, owner of Waxman's Newsstand at the station. "I thought it was like a reciprocal way of helping us back when we need the help right now and we helped them. They came right away and they're sending more and more people.They're actually looking forward to coming up and helping us."
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