HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. ‒ The Hudson River heaved waves up to four feet high and overflowed its banks in Hastings Monday morning as Hurricane Sandy storm watchers looked on.
"We took our kayaks and other boats out of the water at the Palisades Boat Club (Yonkers) Sunday," club member Nancy DeNatale said as she watched the flood waters reach the children's playground in Hastings. "We've never really seen this kind of storm. The river is really rough already."
Hastings police patrolled the waterfront park where the Hudson River waters threatened Harvest on the Hudson restaurant where sand bags lined the back doors of the local eatery.
The Hudson River high tides are expected to swell the banks even further as the brunt of Sandy moves toward the Westchester area later this afternoon into this evening.
"This is like a normal day in West Ireland," said Hastings resident Bridget Clarke, owner of Clarke's Restaurant on Saw Mill River Road and Tompkins Ave. "Our business is on high ground, so we'll be open all day. This is going to get worse I'm sure."
Dobbs Ferry police had already closed the waterfront area adjacent to the Metro-North train station in expectation of flooding.
Westchester County declared a state of emergency, including the Rivertown villages of Hastings and Dobbs Ferry, effective 10 a.m. Monday.
Dobbs Ferry police released a statement at 9 a.m. reporting that conditions were dangerous and that tree limbs were beginning to fall.