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After the Storm: Roads Open, No Power Outages in Rockland

Transport of Rockland buses running on normal Saturday schedule.

As Rockland County residents awoke this morning with more than a foot of snow on the ground, they found a much different situation than storms that rocked the county in 2012.

Police say major roads are open and they only had a few minor accidents overnight as the storm that started Friday afternoon continued to dump snow on the county until early this morning.

Orange and Rockland Utilities is reporting that the are no power outages this morning in Rockland County. O&R says its crews have restored electric service to 677 customers who have so far lost power as a result of the winter storm.

Crews have also responded to an additional 144 partial power conditions throughout the O&R service territory, which includes 300,000 electric customers in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 

O&R employees and contractors were mobilized at 8 a.m. Friday. Crews worked throughout the day and night to address outages as they occurred. O&R reports those crews to stand by to access any reported damage locations and restore electric service as necessary to customers impacted by the storm.

New City Fire Chief Kenny Flynn said a New City home was damaged by a fire that was reported at about 3:30 a.m. A 69-year-old homeowner was taken to Nyack Hospital for treatment of apparent smoke inhalation.

Flynn noted the fire was close to becoming a tragedy because the homeowner delayed calling for help for 15 to 30 minutes as he tried to put the fire out himself.

But aside from that one close-call, Flynn said the storm only resulted in a handful of emergency calls for the fire department. The one report of a downed utility line his department received turned out to be a false alarm.

Rockland County reports that Transport of Rockland bus service, which shut down Friday evening, has resumed and is on a normal Saturday schedule. However, some delays are expected because of the snow.

Today, O&R urges its customers to keep the gas equipment outside of their homes clear of snow and ice buildup as a safety precaution.

If the equipment that regulates the natural gas flow into homes and buildings becomesclogged with snow or caked with ice, the effectiveness of that equipment could becompromised, leading to the possibility of a gas service interruption, safety issues or evensevere health problems.

Also, snow and ice buildup on a natural gas meter, regulator or regulator vent line couldmake O&R equipment inaccessible to O&R responders in the case of an emergency. Damage to the equipment could result due to excessive stress from the weight of ice andsnow buildup or from falling icicles.

In addition, snow drifts that cover appliance vents are a potential safety concern. Drifting snow may block appliance intake and exhaust vents, causing the appliances to fail or tobuild up dangerous carbon monoxide fumes.

Also, to avoid damage risk, O&R urges snow removal operations to steer clear of plowing near O&R natural gas equipment and to dump and pile plowed snow away from O&R natural gas equipment.

Hilary Jordan Kunz February 10, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Michael Hirsch pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false instrument, His corporation, which was fined $59,000, pleaded guilty to two counts of offering a false instrument for filing — one a misdemeanor and one a felony. Offering a False Instrument for Filing falls under the broader crime of fraud. Sorry..not libelous, just factual.
Mike Hirsch February 10, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Thank you Michael. What was it that Ed Koch used to say? "If you agree with 7 out of 10 things that I say, I am pleased. If you agree with 10 out of 10 things that I say, you should see a psychiatrist." I know that over 70% of the people in our town agree with what I say. To those that don't, too bad. As far as my original post is concerned, let me say this - Different things are important to different people. The concept of heroism is important to me. Maybe I got a little carrued away with my friend Ed, so let me rephrase my original post: (1) Ed, let's not dilute the word hero, and (2) The town highway department did a good job with this storm. If Hilary would read my discourse with Ed and distill it down, that's basically what I said. To the anonymous posters who would like to try and discredit me - do your best. The great majority of the citizens in our town know what I stand for and am happy that I started this fight four years ago.
Mike Hirsch February 10, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Thanks fox. I just looked up the definition of hero - a man of great strength or courage, any man admired for his courage, nobility, or exploits. I know it is difficult to be a politician, but it rubs me the wrong way when they start calling everyone a hero. That was the point that I was trying to make with my friend Ed, who happens to be a man of great courage.
Mike Hirsch February 10, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Yes Hilary. I broke a law which I am opposed to, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, and am paying the fine. Once the fine is paid in full, the felony against the corporation gets expunged. As I have said before, in private enterprise if you file a false document you pay a fine. In our public sector, Ilan Schoenberg has filed false county budgets for a decade and is now looking for a promotion. Doesn't sound like equality before the law to me.
William Demarest February 10, 2013 at 06:52 PM
Thanks to all the hard-working crews who were out there during the storm, and to the volunteers who were on many hours of standby during the storm in our fire departments and ambulance units. Want to help out? If you have a fire hydrant near your home shovel the snow away so it is clear - in case of an emergency.

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