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Ossining Families Displaced Due to Sewer Break

OSSINING, N.Y. – A crew was working to replace a section of sewage pipe on Hunter Street on Tuesday afternoon after the pipe broke during Hurricane Irene.

Families living in a multi-family home next to the sewer main break were forced to evacuate while the foundation of their home was checked by a village building inspector.

"We have a (sewage) bypass in place and at this point, the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the county Department of Health are satisfied with our alternative way of flowing the sewage," Assistant Village Manager Ingrid Richards said on Tuesday. "We don't know yet what created (the break). We still have to go through the process of investigating what happened."

The families that were displaced by the sewage break went to Ossining's emergency shelter at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center on Broadway at around 5 a.m. on Sunday morning, and left by mid afternoon when they found somewhere else to stay, said Ossining's Superintendent of Parks and Recreation, Henry Atterbury.

Two more families showed up at the community center at around 4 p.m. on Sunday, after a building inspector condemned their homes as unsafe due to storm-related damages, Atterbury said. The group of nine adults and six children slept on cots provided by the county's Office of Emergency Management on Sunday night, and they were expected to stay overnight on Monday as well as they continued their search for a new apartment.

"They use our showers in the locker rooms, they use our game room for entertainment and we have a room upstairs, the music room, with cots, blankets and pillows," Atterbury said.

Power to the community center went out on Sunday afternoon, and stayed off until early Tuesday morning, Atterbury said, but no services were disrupted because the building's electric generators turned on automatically, powering the whole building.

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