Westchester residents remember Hurricane Floyd

August 25, 2011 1:45:36 PM PDT
Floyd was the last major hurricane to leave devastating flood damage in the New York area.

The worst of the storm was away from the Atlantic, like northern Westchester County.

Shirley Wang remembers September 16th, 1999 very well.

That's when parts of downtown Mt. Kisco were virtually underwater.

The brook that runs behind a parking lot in the center of town turned into a river causing massive flooding.

Hurricane Floyd had been downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it reached the tri-state area, but Westchester was declared a federal disaster area.

Some spots got as much as 17 inches of rain.

Joe Laticia said his store was filled with water when he walked in.

The lessons learned from Floyd led to the construction of the county's emergency operations center in Hawthorne.

Thursday, officials from various agencies will gather to monitor the storm and coordinate a response wherever it hits.

If your electric service is interrupted, don't assume that Orange & Rockland Utilities knows about the problem or that your neighbor has called in a report.

Call O&R at 1-877-434-4100 or use the online Electric Outage Report form to report the outage.

Also, if flooding has damaged your home or business and compromised your electric or gas service, treat that situation as an outage and report it to O&R as well.

If you think you smell natural gas, call O&R's Gas Emergency Hotline at 1-800-533-5325.