Dutchess and Orange County Autumn Storm Updates - Daily Hudson Valley News

Dutchess and Orange County Autumn Storm Updates

Oct 30th, 2011 | By | Category: Lead Article

Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus provided the following information from the County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) following the 10pm briefing.

The countywide State of Emergency remains in effect.  All roadways in Dutchess are closed and traffic is prohibited except for: medical and health facility personnel, law enforcement and public safety personnel, first responders, utility, maintenance and public works personnel, snow removal sanding, salting and clearing operations personnel, facility operations persons deemed necessary for plant operations by their employers and public and government personnel involved in the emergency operations

911 Center update:

Over 2000 calls placed to County 911 dispatch staff since 12pm today.

Central Hudson and New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) update:

Approximately 62,000 Central Hudson customers in Dutchess County impacted by power outages
Over 10,000 NYSEG customers in Dutchess County impacted by power outages

Dutchess County Sheriff Office update:

·        Dutchess County Sheriff Deputies are putting tracks on ATV vehicles and are being deployed to Interstate 84 to check on motorists who have been stranded in vehicles.  Deputies have been provided emergency provisions, including blankets and water, by the County Department of Emergency Response.  Interstate 84 is closed from Route 9 in Fishkill to Putnam County as a result of jackknifed tractor trailers.

Dutchess County Public Works update:

·        Downed trees and wires causing lane closures on multiple roads.

Residents are also reminded to call 9-1-1 ONLY in the event of an emergency.    Reports of power outages and iinquiries about power restoration efforts should be directed to local utilities.

Information is also available on the County’s social media pages including Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dutchess-County-Government/73646813346  and Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/DutchessCoGov.

Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana activated the County’s Emergency Operations Center at the Department of Emergency Services Center in Goshen this morning at 9:00 am in anticipation of today’s fall snowstorm forecasted for our region.

“The roads are already treacherous and numerous motor vehicle accidents are being reported around the County,” said Orange County Commissioner of Emergency Services Walter C. Koury.  “Please limit unnecessary travel whenever possible today, especially as the day progresses.”

“We are expecting downed trees as the wet snow weighs them down, taking down power lines,” said Orange County’s Emergency Manager Seamus K. Leary.  “Prepare for power outages by gathering supplies such as flashlights, storing water and charging up cell phones.  Remember to run generators outside, never inside or in a garage.”

Utilities in Orange County are reporting that approximately 5,000 residents are currently without power.  To report a power outage, Central Hudson Gas & Electric customers may call 1-800-527-2714, while Orange and Rockland customers may call 1-877-434-4100.

Orange County Commissioner of Health Dr. Jean Hudson said, “Unless someone is in good physical shape, they should refrain from shoveling heavy wet snow as this may pose a serious health risk.”

“DPW crews, as of 2:45 pm, began plowing and salting/sanding County roads as needed,” said Orange County Commissioner of Public Works Charles E. Lee, P.E.

According to the National Weather Service, a Winter Storm Warning continues to remain in effect until 2 am EDT Sunday.  This means that significant amounts of snow and strong winds are expected.  Orange County may receive 10 to 14 inches of heavy snow along with 10 – 20 mph winds with gusts up to 35 mph as visibility remains one quarter mile or less at times.

Stay tuned to the National Weather Service for updates http://www.nws.noaa.gov

NY-ALERT, New York State’s all-hazards alert and notification system is one of the best ways residents can receive emergency information.  To subscribe for this free service, please visit www.nyalert.gov.  If you do not have internet access, you may still sign up for NY-ALERT by calling 1-888-697-6972.

For detailed information on winter preparedness please visit the New York State Office of Emergency Management at http://www.dhses.ny.gov

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