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Tropical Storm Irene: Bedford Begins to Recover

BEDFORD, N.Y. -- Around 4,900 Bedford residents were reported without electricity Monday, reported Supervisor Lee Roberts. Monday night, the town remains in a state of emergency.

Tropical Storm Irene swept through Westchester nearly 24 hours ago, and the town has only just begun to recover. NYSEG has not yet sent their crews out to restore power lines yet around town, leaving locals with unanswered questions on when their lights and hot water will return.

“People are anxious to find out when electricity will be back, but we should know latest tomorrow when restoration will take place,” said Roberts.

In the meantime, residents flocked to Village Green Monday morning after NYSEG made dry ice available at the Bedford Fire Department. As a testament to the amount of folks affected, locals still showed up by the dozens even after supply ran out.

As of 3 p.m. Monday, dozens of local roads were still blocked off and all town traffic lights out of order. A few included Bedford Center Rd., Croton Lake Rd., Holly Branch Rd, Hook Road, and Maple Ave. For the full list, click here .

Officials said they must wait for the NYSEG crews before they tend to fallen trees interfering with power lines, as electrical fires could ensue.

“We want to remind people to drive with extreme care as there are still downed trees and wires,” added Roberts.

The Bedford and Bedford Hills fire departments have been working day and night to help pump water from flooded homes and clear trees in neighborhoods.

“We’ve been pumping basements and cutting up (fallen) trees since around 3 a.m. Sunday morning,” said volunteer Bedford firefighter, Olivia Azrak.

Locals are no less shocked at the devastation plaguing their community. Resident Lucy Galosso returned from a Maine wedding yesterday afternoon to find her Eastfield Drive neighborhood riddled with downed power lines and fallen trees. Unsurprisingly, she too is without electricity and doesn’t predict it returning anytime soon.

“This is the worst (storm) I’ve seen around here—it looks like a tornado hit Bedford,” she said.

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