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Irvington Family Digs In For Hurricane Irene

IRVINGTON, N.Y. – Just as a train pulled into the Metro North station, the sounds of shovels and digging could be heard near the village's salt shed. Larry Hrbek and two of his sons were busy making sandbags.

“We've only been done here about 20 minutes,” Hrbek said. “We don't need them, but two of our neighbors down the street have driveways that go down and one of them is an older couple, so we're just filling them up and helping them with their driveway.”

Irvington announced Friday that it would provide free sand for anyone who wanted to make sandbags in preparation for Hurricane Irene. A quick check of the area on Friday afternoon showed there wasn't much interest in the offer. The Hrbeks were the only ones shoveling sand on Saturday morning around 11 a.m.

Hrbek said he wasn't overly worried about Hurricane Irene and its affect on the village. They were concerned for trees falling down, so they moved their cars. Hrbek works in New York City, so he was hoping he'd had a way to get to work on Monday.

“Probably the biggest concern we have is for my wife's parents who are out in Long Beach,” Hrbek said. “They're staying at the moment, we're trying to talk them out of it.”

Hrbek described his in-laws as “probably a little stubborn.”

“I think a lot of people think, I don't know if it's nature or whatever, 'oh, it's not going to be as bad as they say,'” he said.

Send us reports of how you're preparing for Hurricane Irene by emailing Meredith Shamburger at mshamburger@thedailytarrytown.com .

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