August 28, 2011 by USA Post
Westchester County, Hurricane Irene has criticized the Westchester County, causing flooding and closing several roads in the county. Kieran O’Leary, spokesman for the Westchester County Police, said in an e-mail that the Bronx River and Hutchinson River avenues are closed. Parts of Saw Mill River Parkway is closed from the Cross County Parkway to Grant Street in Pleasantville.
A small part of the Taconic State Parkway is closed Kensico Dam Hawthorne Circle. “Other sections of the streets are closed due to localized flooding or fallen trees,” O’Leary said via email. “Flash floods can occur at any time. Motorists should stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.”
Mike Sullivan, spokesman for the New York State Thruway Authority, said the Thruway is closed north of Exit 8 (I-287) to Exit 16 (Harriman) and south from Exit 17 (I-84) to Exit 12 (West Nyack). Tappan Zee Bridge is closed to the north, but it is technically open to the south. But Sullivan said the closures Thruway south, essentially closing the Tappan Zee Bridge.
“Indeed, it is closed,” said Sullivan. “But I guess if there is anyone out there who could technically get to the lane and communicate.” Sullivan said three feet of water has accumulated in most of the rails.
“We’re closed for the foreseeable future,” said Sullivan.
Marjorie Anders, spokeswoman for the MTA, said Metro-North Korean stations in Valhalla, Ossining and Croton-on-Hudson are underwater. Anders said the MTA has the initial reports on the ground, but still has no system-wide evaluation and still can not determine how long it will take for the trains start running again.
Anders said the hurricane damaged some electrical equipment. Cables fell in New Haven and New Canaan, Connecticut stations and fallen trees have prevented some people from reaching stores.
“It will be a great effort,” said Anders. “It’s more an important event here.”
Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino told News 12 Westchester that the system of Bee-Line buses and Westchester County Airport will be closed until tomorrow. Multiple calls to the New York State Department of Transportation were not returned as of 11:30 am
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