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City of New Rochelle Braces for StormState of Emergency Declared; Residents in Low-lying areas urged to evacuate rather than risk being cut off by rising tides
The City of New Rochelle has declared a State of Emergency at 11AM today in advance of Hurricane Sandy, predicted to hit in full force late this afternoon and evening. While the direct path and intensity of the storm are undetermined, heavy rains and dangerously high tides are expected.
With a coastal storm surge of up to 11 feet expected at noon today and midnight tonight, residents of the Sound Shore coast where vulnerable are urged to evacuate rather than risk being cut off from emergency services and First Responders. Staying with friends or family is best. Otherwise, an emergency shelter is now open at Albert Leonard Middle School, 25 Gerada Lane.
Monday October 29 and Tuesday, October 30: All non-emergency City operations are closed today along with the Doyle Senior Center and all Waterfront parks. The City Council meeting scheduled for October 30 is cancelled and has been rescheduled for November 1 at 7PM.
In advance of and during the storm, the City will issue updates to local media and through the following communications channels:Internet: www.newrochelleny.com, Facebook and Twitter will have the latest News Flash and Emergency AlertsTV Bulletin: NRTV Cable Channel 75 and FIOS Channel 28Citywide Emergency calls will be made as necessary. NOTE: Residents can subscribe to receive these emergency alerts directly through the City’s website at www.newrochelleny.com.
A complete list of action steps can be found at www.newrochelleny.com/emergencyprep ; www.westchestergov.com and www.ready.gov.
Should a power outage occur, contact Con Edison at 1-800-75-CONED. To report downed trees, call the Department of Public Works/Streets and Highways 740-6118. To report sewer backups call DPW/Sewers and Drains at 235-3567.