As Putnam County recovers from the impact of Winter Storm Nemo, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell urges residents to remain off the roads to allow highway crews to continue to clear our roads. “County, State and Local Highway Crews have done a magnificent job maintaining our roads throughout the storm”, County Executive Odell states, “but while the snowfall has tapered off, the winds will continue through the day blowing snow back onto the roadway, this creates a dangerous situation”.
The National Weather Service has advised us that winds will remain strong with sustained speeds of 20 MPH and gusts of up to 35 MPH expected until 5:00 PM Saturday evening. Winds will gradually taper off however temperatures will drop to a dangerous level. Temperatures of 3 F and a wind chill below zero are expected by daybreak Sunday.
Putnam County Highway Commissioner, Fred Pena reports that all Putnam County roads are clear. The county highway staff had started working and clearing roads Friday during the storm and has worked all night and will continue to work to make sure the roads are safe for its residents. Road crews will continue to clear the roads and are requesting that unless it is an emergency please continue to stay off the roads so County personnel may continue to do the work unabated by traffic.
The County reminds our residents:
1. Winds will be gusting at times to 35 MPH and will cause drifts and at times limited visibility. Please use caution when outdoors.
2. While clearing your driveway use proper techniques when lifting or pushing snow and please do not push the snow back into the roadways as it can cause a dangerous situation for pedestrians and motorists.
NYSEG and Central Hudson have report no outages due to the storm and currently have crews available if needed.
The Putnam County Transit and Para-Transit systems are suspended for today to allow highway crews to continue to clean the roads. Both transit systems will resume normal services Monday, February 11, 2013 as scheduled.
All county operations including Office of Aging, Health Department and Social Services will be back in normal operations Monday morning.
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Important contact information:
For Police, Fire or EMS Emergency Dial 9-1-1
Putnam County Sheriff’s Department 845-225-4300
United Way (Free, confidential, multilingual information and referral helpline) Dial 2-1-1
Central Hudson Gas and Electric: (845) 452-2700