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Briarcliff Manager: Con Ed Work Eased Storm's Impact

Briarcliff Manor Village Manager Philip Zegarelli credited the DPW crews and Con Edison crews for helping to minimize the damage from Wednesday night's storm.
Briarcliff Manor Village Manager Philip Zegarelli credited the DPW crews and Con Edison crews for helping to minimize the damage from Wednesday night's storm. Photo Credit: The Briarcliff Daily Voice File Photo

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – Briarcliff Manor Village Manager Philip Zegarelli said the work Con Edison crews performed over the last dozen weeks likely contributed to the minimal damage from the storm that hit late Wednesday and early Thursday.

The storm brought wind gusts of up to 60 miles an hour and steady rain but Briarcliff Manor came away largely unscathed, Zegarelli said Thursday, and the only damage caused was to a telephone pole at the Scarborough Train Station. Roughly two inches of rain and strong winds hit Briarcliff Manor during the storm, according to a report from the National Weather Service.

There were no power outages reported to Con Edison Thursday morning, according to Con Edison officials.

Briarcliff Manor Department of Public Works crews and Con Edison trucks have been cutting low hanging and possibly dangerous tree branches for the last several weeks and will continue to do so for another two weeks, according to previous reports . Zegarelli said that probably meant a big difference during the storm.

“I do think that the additional work we’ve done and the work Con Ed has done in trimming trees and making permanent repairs to power lines that it was relatively minor and had a minimal impact,” Zegarelli said. “The only thing from the operational point of view was the poll at the railroad station that was already weak and we repaired that.”

Zegarelli said he had anticipated much worse flooding and storm damage.

“We had no reports of any flooding or any injuries,” Zegarelli said. “Were the streams swollen this morning? Yes. But we actually did pretty well.”

Zegarelli noted that the former King’s College sustained light damage, but repairs were made before the afternoon.

“We had a few wires knocked down at the King’s College tank but that was quickly repaired and we had a telephone poll down at the railroad parking lot but that was it,” Zegarelli said Thursday. “That poll was old and the wind hit it the wrong way. Fortunately no one was injured.”

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