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Roach Declares State of Emergency in White Plains

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- As of Friday at 9 p.m. White Plains is in a state of emergency.

After meeting with various departments at City Hall Friday, Mayor Thomas Roach announced several measures to keep residents safe as the threat of Hurricane Irene and severe tropical storms sets in.

All storm-related equipment has been inspected and prepared, storm drains have been cleared and the reservoir water level has been lowered in anticipation of heavy rains, according to a press release from the mayor's office.

"Necessary departments" will be working around the clock this weekend. Local Con Edison crews will be stationed in the White Plains Public Works facilities to enable crews to cooperate more efficiently.

The Public Safety Headquarters at 77 S. Lexington Ave. have been designated an Emergency Operations Center, where White Plains will coordinate the city's storm response.

Once the storm begins Saturday night, residents are advised to remain inside.

No cars can be parked on city streets as of midnight Saturday through Monday morning, unless advised otherwise. Clearing the roads will give public safety officials and public works crews better access to emergencies. Residents may park their cars for free at the Galleria and Hamilton-Main parking garages between 6 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Monday.

Roach has also requested that residents gather sufficient food and water, a flashlight, spare batteries, a first aid kit and a battery-powered radio. White Plains residents should also check on any senior neighbors or relatives or others with special needs.

White Plains will post additional information updates on the city's website . Any necessary emergency announcements will be broadcast on government access channels -- channel 75 for Cablevision and channel 47 for Verizon -- and WFAS 103.9FM/1230AM.

White Plains has also synched the following phone line to play recorded announcements and updates: (914) 422-5150.

In the case of an emergency dial 911. To report non-life threatening concerns and storm damage call (914) 422-6111.

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