Blizzard recommendations from Town of Orangetown Supervisor Andy Stewart

Town of Orangetown Blizzard Update
Monday, January 26, 2015

Dear Neighbor,

As you have surely heard by now, a major blizzard will hit Orangetown over the next 36 hours. All forecasts agree that Rockland will receive a minimum of a foot of snow, and snowfall accumulations of more than two feet are possible before the snow stops around midnight Tuesday night. Additionally, winds of 20-30 mph and gusts of 35-45 mph are expected and O&R has told us they are expecting 7,000-10,000 customers to lose power in Rockland County. Given these weather conditions, you should avoid non-essential travel.

The men and women of our Highway Department will be working tirelessly to keep major roads clear, but all residents are strongly advised to avoid non-essential travel. Also, please note that though it normally takes the Highway Department about eight hours after snow stops falling to get all secondary, local roads cleared, with a blizzard of this scale, it may take up to 14-16 hours before all roads are cleared. This
takes us through Wednesday, mid-day.

Call Orangetown Police at 845-359-3700 to report any weather-related safety hazards, or if you need help. In case of emergency, call 911.

In the event that you experience a power outage, do not assume that Orange & Rockland knows about it. Here are some tips from O&R for reporting a power outage and checking when your service will be restored:

* Go to
from any computer or web-enabled mobile device;

* Use the O&R mobile app
from your iPhone, iPad or Android device;

* Text “OUT
to 69678 (myORU); or

* Call Customer Assistance at 1-877-434-4100

During and after the storm, Town Hall will be open as a warming center and location for people to charge their cell phones or other electronic devices. Additional warming/charging center locations in Orangetown include:

* Nyack Village Hall (9 N. Broadway, Nyack) * South Nyack Village Hall (282 S. Broadway, South Nyack)

* Piermont Firehouse (554 Piermont Ave. Piermont)

Please also note that the Town Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday night has been cancelled and rescheduled for Wednesday at 7:30. This includes the the public hearing on the Special Permit application by Orangeburg Commons. Also, the Town Drop-Off Center, which was closed due to the snowstorm on Saturday, January 24, will be open on Saturday, January 31, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, along with all other regularly
scheduled hours.

If you have elderly or disabled neighbors or relatives who might be impacted by the storm or related power outages, please consider checking on them and offering assistance if necessary.

Please stay home and stay safe.

Andy Stewart
Town Supervisor

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