The following information was provided by Mayor Norm Rosenblum of the Village of Mamaroneck.
The Village of Mamaroneck, Town of Mamaroneck, Westchester County and the National Weather Service have been closely following the track of Hurricane Sandy since Tuesday, Oct. 23. There are multiple projections for storm tracks which indicate the storm will either continue on a northward trajectory towards the New York Metropolitan area or shift westerly and make an inland approach in the vicinity of the Delmarva Peninsula (off the coasts of Delaware, Virginia and Maryland). Over the course of the next 24 to 48 hours, additional information will become available to more accurately predict the path of this storm. As information becomes available, the village will contact residents through a reverse-911 system, post information on the village’s website and send messages via e-mail.
Current forecasts indicate that we may experience coastal flooding beginning late Sunday evening into early Monday morning. The brunt of the storm is anticipated to make landfall Monday.
In anticipation of this, the village will declare a state of emergency on Sunday evening in order to suspend all parking restrictions and allow people who live in low-lying and flood prone areas to relocate their vehicles to higher areas so long as they do not block driveways and fire hydrants.
The village will also be suspending noise regulations so that power equipment and construction vehicles may be utilized only to take actions in preparation for the impending storm.
Preliminary forecasts at this time are for 4 to 6 inches of rain during the storm and a possible tidal surge of 4-6 feet which will likely cause the closure of Rushmore Avenue and Flagler Drive. In the event of high velocity sustained winds, with downed trees and power lines, other sections of the village may not be passable for first responders.
Residents are encouraged to remove any piles of leaves they have placed in the street as these materials may wash into storm drains which could contribute to localized flooding condition and slippery roads. Curbside leaf season and collection of leaf piles does not take place until Nov.1. However, the village has been clearing catch basins and removing leaf piles in areas that are at risk for flooding.
Residents should also prepare in advance, as a precaution, by securing all items in yards or other open areas that may be subject to strong winds. Also have items available in your residence such as batteries, flashlights, candles, water and non-perishable foods that do not require cooking. Fill up your car gas tanks. Also prepare for possible increased amounts of rain and potential flooding as a result.
In the event that the effects of the storm are significant enough, residents in the flood prone and coastal areas should be prepared to evacuate. If an evacuation is required, a temporary shelter will be set up at the Mamaroneck High School gymnasium located on Post Road. This decision on whether or not to evacuate will be made Monday.
For more information, please visit www.villageofmamaroneck.org