DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. ? Dobbs Ferry Mayor Hartley Connett issued a status statement Thursday evening on power restoration, community assistance programs and parking and carpooling at the village's Metro-North station.
A State of Emergency remains in effect because there are still exposed live wires in certain areas and many residents remain without power.
According to Con Edison, there are approximately 160,000 Westchester residents without power and several thousand village residents without power (including the mayor).
Con Edison has not offered estimates of when power will be fully restored except to say the outages could last through the weekend of Nov. 10-11.
There is a Con Edison crew in the village and the first priority is to clear blocked roadways and remove fallen trees and branches from power lines. Beacon Hill Drive and Clinton Avenue, the last remaining impassable streets in the village, were being cleared Thursday afternoon.
According to Connett, once cleanup is complete, Con Ed will focus on line repair. As damaged lines are de-energized, other segments of the grid will also lose power up and/or down the line. Those with power may experience an outage in the next few days.
While power is out, the village is making the Embassy Community Center (60 Palisade St.) available to residents from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
The Embassy has electricity, heat, bathroom facilities and a television in the back fireplace room. While the village cannot make the Embassy available for lodging, it is available for staying warm, using the facilities, and recharging electronic devices.
The Dobbs Ferry Public Library at 55 Main St. will be open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The waterfront train station lot is open and available for commuter parking when Metro-North resumes service. It is also an area where residents can meet to coordinate car pools into New York City while restrictions (three-passenger minimum) are in effect.
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