LEWISBORO, N.Y. – Senator Greg Ball (R, C/Patterson) met with Lewisboro Town Supervisor Charlie Duffy on Tuesday to tour the damage and power outages caused by Saturday’s snowstorm.
According to Duffy, as of late Tuesday morning, roughly 90 percent of Lewisboro residents remained without power, heat and running water.
Three fire departments within the town, which are currently being powered by generators, have been turned into makeshift shelters and warming centers. The fire departments are also distributing water and dry ice as it becomes available. The Lewisboro Town Hall, which is also being powered by a generator, remains open to residents who need a shower or to use the restroom.
"The fact is that from Irene until now, we are still prone to a natural disaster, and I am watching closely to see how the utilities respond,” Ball said. “After the dust settles and we restore power district-wide, we need to take a step back and find out how we can be proactive and not reactive to these situations.”
Duffy said crisis, such as Saturday’s storm and subsequent blackout, bring the town closer together.
“This storm is one of the more recent but less tragic incidents we have had here in Lewisboro,” he said. “If anything, these events bring the community together. One thing I have experienced from this is that you find out the true qualities of your neighbors in times of adversity.”
Ball also visited Lewisboro resident Dean Travalino, who was still without power 72 hours after the storm hit.
“It’s very cold here, we are doing our best to stay warm,” Travalino said. “I understand NYSEG is working hard but I want them to know that we are here waiting.”
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