As Putnam County’s EOC remains open the focus is on providing comfort stations for those without power. All comfort stations have bathroom facilities and will provide an area to recharge your electronic devices. “With so many without electric I spoke with our community leaders and we were able to immediately open 3 comfort stations while we continue to work on restoration efforts”, says County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “We are continuing to assess the situation and are working to open additional sites”.
The comfort stations for Wednesday May 16, 2018 are as follows:
Putnam Valley Friendship Center 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
117 Town Park Lane
Putnam Valley NY
Patterson Recreation Center 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
65 Front St
Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
15 Mt Ebo Rd S
Highway crews remain on full duty working with NYSEG and Central Hudson crews to cut, clear and make safe. NYSEG and Central Hudson will continue systematic electric restoration with emphasis on priority areas like Putnam Hospital Center. “As I traveled around the County this morning to assess the tremendous damage, I was awed by the site of our emergency responders and highway crews that remained on the job to ensure that the public remained safe”, said County Executive Odell. “I know last night was a difficult commute for many and I can only imagine what it would have been like if our highway crews weren’t out in full force clearing roadways”. There are currently 128 road closures in the County. The NYS Police, Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and local police are providing traffic control at numerous intersections where traffic signals are not working.
County Executive Odell remains at the EOC coordinating the many agencies providing assistance. At the request of the County Executive the National Guard is onsite to assist throughout the County. “We are working with our school districts, medical providers like Putnam Hospital Center and other critical care providers to ensure that the people of Putnam County continue to receive essential services”, said County Executive Odell.
During the storm and in the hours immediately after, Putnam 9-1-1 handled almost 2,000 calls in a 7 hour period.
Residents are reminded that to report a power outage or downed wires you should call your local utility company; NYSEG 800-572-1131. Central Hudson 845-452-2700 or use their apps.
Please remember to be safe when there are downed power lines. Wires that look dead may still be live and power could be restored at any time making those wires life threatening.
Please call 9-1-1 if you need immediate police, fire or EMS response.