Hurricane Sandy Recovery Effort Underway
Hurricane Sandy's greatest impact in the Empire State affected New York City and much of the watershed area including Westchester, Ulster and Dutchess counties - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has an update...
Major flooding along the Hudson River, some areas now receding... New York City the heaviest hit... with severe power and property losses extending up through Westchester and beyond...
Crystal Payton with FEMA says the agency is in "triage" mode.
One Consolidated Edison spokesman calls the aftermath of Sandy "the largest storm related outage" in the utility company's history - recovery efforts of varying stages of intensity are underway from Manhattan to Columbia County - Orange & Rockland officials say that 200,000 lost power. They expect the lights to be back on within 10 days. Central Hudson spokesman John Maserjian says 80,000 lost power in their service area
Dutchess County Government phone lines have been down: County officials say their 911 handled about a thousand calls during the storm, with call volume peaking between 7and 9pm on Monday...
Ulster County Executive Mike Hein notes there have been over 60 road closures along with massive flood issues along the Hudson.
Daryl Lafferty, executive director for the American Red Cross of the mid-Hudson valley, says volunteers have been mobilized and emergency services are in place in Ulster and Dutchess.
Motorists are still being advised "no driving unless absolutely neccessary" - Public Works crews have been busy clearing downed trees from Hudson Valley roadways.
The Tappan Zee bridge reopened to traffic at 9am ----- Governor Cuomo ordered 7 other MTA bridges reopened this morning --- to emergency personnel only.
Adding to the Commuter nightmare - no Amtrak or Metro North trains are running today - MTA chairman Joe Lhota telling New York's WCBS TV The New York City subway system “has never faced a disaster as devastating” as the damage that was caused by Sandy. Seven subway tunnels under the East River flooded Monday night.
Governor Andrew Cuomo used Twitter this morning to keep citizens informed - - one of his tweets read "Hoping NYers are staying indoors&safe -->let your friends+fam know you're OK via social media..."
When it comes to putting a pricetag on Hurrican Sandy, FEMA says the cost of potential wind damage alone could be up to $3 billion.