WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Marion Taylor came outside Tuesday morning to find the tree that once stood in front of her Church Street home blocking the two-lane road, which was one of many closed after Hurricane Sandy blew through White Plains.
“This was a big one,” said Taylor, whose single-family home lost some siding but went relatively unscathed. “There was nothing you could do.”
Taylor compared damages Tuesday with her neighbors directly across the street, one of which said the tree falling into the street woke her up in the middle of the night and made her think her home had collapsed.
The city’s Department of Public Works (DPW) cleared the tree from Church Street around 11:30 a.m., but Taylor anticipated they would be busy with many more trees and wires coming down during the storm in her neighborhood alone.
So far, the DPW has moved 150 to 200 downed trees of various sizes to the road side, but cannot do so until Con Edison instructs the city it is safe, the city announced. DPW also cannot remove trees that fall on private property.
Residents are advised to stay away from fallen wires. To report a downed electrical wire, call the Department of Public Safety at 914-422-6111.
Government offices are open today and garbage is being collected.
“Every effort will be made to collect garbage and recyclables according to the normal schedule and to reach all residents,” according to the city announcement.