SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. Hurricane Irene is poised to descend upon Sleepy Hollow this weekend, and village officials are already preparing for the worst.
The fire department and volunteer ambulance corps will be on watch for the expected duration of the storm, Saturday afternoon to Monday morning, Sleepy Hollow Police Chief Gregory Camp said. Camp said police will also have adequate personnel and that additional manpower can be pulled in.
The Westchester County Technical Rescue Team will also be on standby all weekend in the event that they need to make emergency rescues. They're comprised of firefighters, EMS and industry personnel.
Hopefully Irene will go out to sea, and we will just get some rain, Camp said.
The National Weather Service is predicting outer-bands from Irene will begin to impact the Sleepy Hollow area by Saturday night. Heavy rainfall is predicted to last from late Saturday night through Sunday. Dangerously strong winds are also predicted as a result of Irene hitting the area, the National Weather Service advised.
The big concerns, Camp said, would be flooding and downed trees and wires. Camp noted that DeVries Park and the GM marsh lot are prone to flooding; police will limit access to those areas if needed.
We will respond as necessary to all calls for service and will be pro-active in patrol to locate potential problems or problem areas before they become a major issue, Camp said.
In the event of an emergency, Sleepy Hollow will use Village Hall as a primary emergency shelter. The James Galgano Senior Center will be used as a secondary shelter.
Sleepy Hollow has also notified residents that they may need to boil water if turbidity levels in the Kensico Reservoir rise above acceptable levels. The reservoir is a major water supply source for Sleepy Hollow. The village will notify residents if a boil alert is issued by the Department of Environmental Protection.
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