Hurricane Worst Is Over
August 28, 2011 by USA Post
Hurricane Worst Is Over, Mayor Bloomberg has just made its last update on the impact of the current left-most of Hurricane Irene, and seemed satisfied with the response of the city: “The worst is over and will soon move to restore and return to”. But he warned that the MTA service will not be renewed today, and probably will not resume until Monday at best. Your message to travelers of tomorrow: “It will be difficult.”
Bloomberg defended the exhaustive preparation for the storm: “The bottom line is, I would take the same decision again without hesitation.” Traffic will not resume today, air traffic will resume on Tuesday, and PATH service is only one point to another. Bloomberg said the city does not yet know the full extent of the damage caused by the storm, but was grateful that there has been no confirmation of the deaths or injuries Irene. “We had a considerable erosion in Staten Island and the beaches of Rockaway” and Orchard Beach in the Bronx is under water, the mayor said. He warned residents, “Nature is dangerous, pay attention.”
People living in low-lying areas (Area A) will be able to return home at 3 pm, when the evacuation order was lifted. He said there may have been damaged by water in the basement of many high-rise buildings, and elevators are many others. NYCHA residents should plan to return at 6 pm today to give staff time to prepare.
Bloomberg also discussed the water rescue of 61 adults and 3 children trapped in five feet of water, said emergency personnel were on the scene within two minutes, and there were no serious injuries. The mayor said “something like 650 trees” have been displaced in the five boroughs, and more than 100 forestry crews are working to remove fallen branches.
Bloomberg was also enthusiastic about how great the number of crimes were during the storm during the night the crime was well below normal, with 45 arrests compared with an average of 345 on a typical Saturday night in August.
Hizzoner ended the press conference once again face questions about whether the city Irene preparation was exaggerated, said people who were asking that question should “look in the mirror and be glad they are alive today.”
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