No Rye neighborhood was spared from Hurricane Sandy’s wrath.
There were new power outages reported last Wednesday as snow began to fall. Countywide there were about 42,000 outages. By Wednesday November 14, power had been restored to all but about 100 homes — those extensively damaged by the storms.
No Rye neighborhood was spared from Hurricane Sandy’s wrath. The City declared a state of emergency on October 29. Rye Police and Fire Department personnel went door-to-door to households at risk because of expected unprecedented coastal flooding and advised them to evacuate.
Downed wires blocked streets and left all but 10 percent of Rye without power last week. Parts of roofs and homes under construction went flying.
Mother Nature wasn’t kind to nature either. Sand blew off the beaches, and over 300 mature trees were felled by the close to 80-mile-an-hour winds that wracked buildings and gave man and beast cause for concern.
Many residents went to the emergency shelter at Rye Country Day School. Still more headed for hotels and family homes out of the storm’s grip.
When the tidal surge reached an alarming 11 feet, the scene was one of devastation, especially at the beach clubs and the Playland Boardwalk.
The City acted quickly and effectively, but even after the hurricane had quieted down Tuesday night more trees came down. City Manager Scott Pickup told the paper, “The Sound Shore is a disaster. We’re putting in 12- to 14-hour days. We can’t get Con Ed crew here fast enough. We’re trying to get their commitment to run round the clock.” He added, “Once Con Edison has opened up the closed streets and addressed downed wires, they will restore power, first to schools and then to residences. We hope that by the end of today all roads in Rye will be open.”
Photos by Kirk Brett, Karen Bresolin, Melanie Cane, Fred Cummings, Janice Fabry, and Robin Jovanovich.