(PHOTO: Tree down on Osborn Road.)
There is still more clean-up work to be done, but here is a storm wrap-up report provided to MyRye.com from Rye PD Commish Connors:
The following is a summary of the rain/wind storm that impacted our area during the weekend of March 13 – 14, 2010:
Original forecast: rain beginning Friday, March 12th, and continuing through the weekend with high winds (30 to 40 MPH with gusts up to 50 MPH on the coast). Total rainfall of 2 to 4 inches, possibly heavier in some locations; minor to moderate tidal flooding due to winds; possible urban and small stream flooding.
- Locally, the storm intensified on Saturday morning, with heavy rain and increasingly high wind.
- Moderate coastal flooding occurred during the Saturday night high tide resulting in evacuation of the shore clubs. American Yacht Club, Shenorock Shore Club, and Milton Road in the vicinity of Hewlett Avenue flooded, as did some of the coastal roadways, such as Kirby Lane , Manursing Way , and Pine Island Road . Milton Harbor House at 720 Milton Road had roadway and basement flooding. The waters receded as the tide ebbed.
- There were no issues caused by rainfall. Although a weather station at Rye Beach reported 2.67 inches of rain during the two days, the Blind Brook watershed never approached flooding potential, and the Bowman Avenue spillway remained below measurable levels for most of the event. However, winds were severe, causing extensive damage to trees and wires resulting in power outages.
- Con Edison reported that this storm resulted in 187,000 outages system wide, and 79,000 in Westchester . As of Monday afternoon, 56,000 remained without power. The total far exceeds the damage caused by Hurricane Gloria in 1985, which resulted in 110,515 outages.
- In Rye , we estimate that approximately half of the City was without power at peak, and numerous roads were closed. Major outages effected portions of Milton Road; Forest Avenue; Rye Gardens; Maple Avenue; Central Avenue and vicinity; Maple Avenue; The Ives; Glendale Road; the vicinity of Evergreen Avenue/Grandview Avenue/Hillside Road; Rye High School; and Resurrection, Rye Presbyterian, and Rye Methodist churches. Restoration efforts were initially delayed because the high winds prevented repair crews from working on overhead lines.
As of Monday, March 15, 2010, most of the City was restored, with the following exceptions:
The following areas are without power:
- Evergreen Avenue/Grandview Avenue
- Maple Avenue to Glendale Road , including the Ives and Greenwood Union Cemetery – partially restored, crew on scene.
The following roads are closed:
- Locust Avenue, Summit Avenue to North Street , periodic closures of one lane, repairs in progress.
- Holly Lane, repairs in progress.
- Scattered small outages remain; they can be viewed on Con Ed’s website.
- Rye City Schools were closed on Monday, March 15th.
Although Con Ed correctly estimated a multi-day restoration effort, restoration of power in our area has proceeded remarkably well and is continuing.
During the forty-eight hour period beginning at midnight on Saturday, March 13th and ending at midnight on Sunday, March 14th the Police Department recorded 184 calls for service, 148 of which were apparently storm related. Department of Public Works staff worked around the clock, and coordinated tree removal efforts with Con Edison.