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Power Outages Close Church Street, Plague 1,500

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Mike O'Donnell of Putnam picked his granddaughter up from pre-school this Halloween and arrived at her Park Circle home to find Consolidated Edison clearing trees from the power line that had been out since the Nor'easter storm.

"They just got the power back on," said O'Donnell, 60, who used to work for Consolidated Edison. "The girls didn't care. They have their outfits on. My granddaughter has got her Cinderella costume on."

O'Donnell happened to be in Florida during the freak October storm that covered White Plains in several inches of snow, however his family was busy house-jumping this weekend to ensure that everyone had a heated home to sleep in.

His wife planned to stay with family in White Plains, but ended up in the Riverdale area of the Bronx when the power went out. Molly O'Donnell, 2, and her family left their Park Circle home and had a pre-Halloween sleep-over with cousins who lived elsewhere in White Plains.

"We did some rearranging, but it all worked out," said O'Donnell.

Approximately 1,500 homes in White Plains still lacked power Monday morning, according to Consolidated Edison.

An outage at the Church Street Elementary School sent students and staff to George Washington Elementary School . Extra-curricular activities, including Afterschool Connection and Kids Excel, will be held at George Washington Elementary.

Parents with students in the programs should pick up their kids at George Washington. All other Church Street students will be brought back Church Street and dismissed from school as usual.

Approximately 60 Department of Public Works employees were assigned storm cleanup duty Monday. The crews are primarily clearing trees and debris to the side of the road to ensure that as many roads are cleared as possible. They will then go back and permanently dispose of the foliage in the next week or two, according to Karen Pasquale, senior advisor to the mayor.

“We’ve been working 24-seven with Con Ed because we have tree removal and debris removal crews. A lot of cities don’t have that. They have to wait for Con Ed to come in with their tree clearers,” said Pasquale. “The mayor was out yesterday so he knows first-hand exactly what’s going on.”

The city is focusing on about a dozen streets that are closed or partially blocked off because of downed electric wires. Soundview Avenue, Stewart Place and Romar Avenue were among the streets closed off as of Monday afternoon.

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