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Ossining State of Emergency: 5 p.m. Today

A shelter for Ossining and Briarcliff Manor residents is available.

Starting at 5 p.m. today, the Town and Village of Ossining will be declaring a State of Emergency, Supervisor Susanne Donnelly announced this afternoon.

"Please stay off the roads so that our emergency teams can get to any problems and/or residents in need," she wrote to the community. "The Ossining area is expected to have 40-55 MPH winds with higher gusts. They are also expecting 3-5.5 inches of rain over the next 24-48 hour period." 

As Hurricane Sandy's impact is felt locally, "Our employees are in and ready to assist as needed with clogged catch basins, down trees in the road, and flooded streets. The County Police have put on extra officers as have the Villages’ Police Departments. They all ask that you use the numbers below is case of wires and/or trees down or in case of emergency please dial 911," Donnelly said.

If you need alternate shelter, Joseph G. Caputo Community Center at 95 Broadway will be open to all Town of Ossining, Village of Ossining and Village of Briarcliff Manor residents through 10 p.m. tomorrow and on an as-need basis afterward.

"The Ossining Town Senior Nutrition team has been in today (Monday) and made sure that every senior who receives Meals on Wheels has two meals in case there is a problem tomorrow (Tuesday) because of wind damage to the community," she said. "Con Ed has told us that they have people coming in from as far away as California to assist with down wires. Our staff has been told they cannot touch anything with wires down unless a Con Ed representative has been on site to confirm that the wires are not live."

And Wednesday?

"Halloween questions will be answered tomorrow evening after the community sees what the storm damages there are," said Donnelly.

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