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Falling Branches Slow Traffic in Briarcliff

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – Last year’s storms are still having an effect on Briarcliff Manor.

Crews with Abcut Tree Service, Inc., cut tree branches overhanging cable and phone lines Friday afternoon along Pleasantville Road. Road crews worked Friday afternoon to remove the dangerous branches while causing minor slowdowns in traffic. Chris Olert, a Con Edison representative, said there were no reports of power outages in Briarcliff Manor Friday. Briarcliff Manor Village Manager Philip Zegarelli said there were no reports of accidents, injuries or power outages Friday.

“We’re warning people to look around and look up for possible broken or falling branches because a lot of our older trees were severely damaged last year during (Hurricane) Irene and the other storms we had,” Zegarelli said. “There wasn’t a bad winter and we didn’t have a bad freeze but there was a lot of damage caused last year that people don’t recognize.”

Zegarelli said residents shouldn’t just expect falling branches during storms.

“A lot of the time they fall down without being hit, without severe wind and without a lot of sleet or snow but because of that previous damage,” Zegarelli said. “A lot of trees were severely damaged in our pre-Halloween storm and they really got clocked. When spring really comes around, we’re going to see a lot more damage.”

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