HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. ? The Hudson River overflowed its banks in Dobbs Ferry and Hastings-on-Hudson, and most of the Rivertowns were without power for up to two weeks after Hurricane Sandy hit Oct. 29.
While areas of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were underwater and sustained billions of dollars in storm damage, the Rivertowns were fortunate to have been spared beyond fallen trees, downed power lines and difficult days without heat and electricity.
But residents bonded during the difficult circumstances, gathering in the three village libraries and at village halls for access to Wifi, electricity to charge cellphones and for a place to just exchange storm stories and help others, such as senior citizens, who were at risk without power.
Residents with power opened their homes to neighbors who needed assistance or places to stay, shower or have a meal. Local schools were closed for several days before power could be restored. Children found refuge at the local community centers that had power.
First responders helped to get residents through the "dark" times while workers cleared fallen trees, restored power and made roadways safe.
Local diners and restaurants with power bustled with patrons who were forced to find sustenance outside their homes that had empty, powerless refrigerators.
Hastings volunteer firefighters collected clothing, food and other essentials and traveled to Staten Island to assist those who were in need. Dobbs Ferry's Police Benevolent Association partnered with the Dobbs Ferry Recreation Department to host movies and other recreation events for kids home from school.
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