Majority of Putnam County remains without power. State of Emergency remains in effect due to the effects of Tropical Storm Isaias. All government offices to open on a normal schedule Thursday August 6, 2020

While the majority of our roads are now passable thanks to the efforts of our Highway Departments” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell, “we still have an unparalleled number of residents without power and our highway crews along with the utility companies will continue working to clear debris and restore power”. NYSEG and Central Hudson report over 35,000 customers are without power. NYSEG is projecting that 50% of customers will be restored by 6:00 PM Thursday evening and full restoration could take until the weekend. 

County Executive Odell has remained at the Emergency Operations Center along with the Incident Command Team to oversee the County’s response efforts.  

NYSEG is working with local towns and villages to provide water and wet ice for distribution. Dry ice will be available Thursday morning. Residents should contact their local municipality for distribution information. Each municipality will establish their own location and schedule. 

All Putnam County Facilities will return to a normal working schedule Thursday August 6, 2020. 

To assist the public the County will have two comfort stations open for Thursday August 6, 2020:  

Friendship Center of Philipstown (former Butterfield Hospital site). 1756 NY-9D, Cold Spring NY 

Knights of Columbus, 10 Fair St, Carmel NY 

Both facilities are open from 10 AM until 4 PM. Residents can use the facilities to cool down and recharge their phones and other electronic equipment. 

Residents are reminded to use 9-1-1 for emergency calls only.  

Generator Safety:  

• NEVER operate a generator in an enclosed space, even with a window or door open. This includes inside your home, basement or garage. Doing so can lead to a potentially lethal build-up of colorless, odorless, poisonous carbon monoxide gas. 

• Only have an experienced electrician connect a generator to your home. Improperly installed generators may overload circuits, cause a fire or shock hazard, and can result in serious injury or property damage. Improperly installed generators can also back-feed onto electric lines and endanger repair crews working to restore service. 

• Plug appliances directly into the generator using a heavy-duty, outdoor-rated extension cord that is designed to handle the wattage of all the appliances being connected. 

• Generators should be sized to meet the needs of the appliances they are connected to. If too small, appliances can be damaged, and the generator can overheat, creating a fire hazard.