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Tarrytown, Irvington Brace For Hurricane Irene

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – Hurricane Irene is poised to descend upon Tarrytown and Irvington this weekend. Village officials are already preparing.

“A lot is based upon where the storm goes, but we have a plan in place if it hits here,” Tarrytown Village Administrator Michael Blau said.

Blau said Tarrytown police and public works employees know who will be available if needed when the storm hits. The Tarrytown Fire Department will call members on Sunday morning, should it be needed, Blau said.

Tarrytown Volunteer Ambulance Corps Captain Michael Farley said the corps was always prepared for an emergency event. Farley said they'd be speaking on a conference call with Westchester County tomorrow, presumably to prepare for special disasters that would require their assistance in other places.

"Tarrytown will be well protected," Farley said.

Irvington Clerk-Treasurer Brenda Jeselnik said all first responders in Irvington will be on standby to assist if needed.

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.

Flooding is possible. Blau said there were not specific locations within Tarrytown that cause concern.

“We have had water flood the area down by the Hudson, but that has happened on very rare occasions,” Blau said. “The areas along the Hudson are actually four to six feet above the high water mark.”

Tarrytown officials are cleaning stormwater catch basins Friday to allow water to flow more freely into the system.

Jeselnik noted that each department in Irvington was looking at their area of responsibility and preparing for Irene. For example, Public Works is clearing areas that are prone to flooding, securing buildings and moving equipment.

Irvington is lowering the levels of its reservoirs in advance of the storm, Jeselnik said. Blau noted that Tarrytown may issue a boil water alert if reservoirs in its water supply experience high levels of turbidity.

Irvington is adding an additional shopping day for its Senior Center, allowing seniors to gather supplies for the storm. Irvington has also posted a hurricane checklist for its residents.

Residents of both Tarrytown and Irvington can find emergency alerts on each village's website: Tarrytown , Irvington . Irvington also sends out emergency emails through its notification system. Residents can sign up here .

In the event of an emergency, Tarrytown has designated the Senior Center as a shelter. If needed, Village Hall and the Main Street Firehouse will also be used as shelters.

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