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Nyack, Piermont Escape Major Storm Damage

Storm 'not nearly as bad as we thought,' emergency officials say

Despite and prior to Thursday night's thunderstorms, Nyack and Piermont avoided any major storm damage, officials said Friday.

"We got off the hook," said Nyack mayor Jen Laird-White, who spent a portion of Friday morning surveying the aftermath. "In my job, when a storm is a dud, it's a good thing."

In the past, heavy rains have flooded Nyack's downtown,  and . 

In Piermont, residents escaped extensive harm from Thursday's storm, as well.

"We had a couple of minor incidents, but no major flooding," said Michael O'Shea, Piermont's chief of police.

Gordon Wren, director of Rockland County Fire and Emergency Services, said the squall did not live up to its forecast.

"It was not nearly as bad as we thought it would be," he said.

Wren said that a "long, narrow band of lighting, rain and wind" passed through the county for only about 10 or 15 minutes.

"[The storm] was pretty much uniform throughout the county," Wren added. "We had fire companies standing by—I guess you could say we were prepared."

Wren said reports of downed wires, trees on houses and fallen branches came in from around the area. In Haverstraw and Stony Point, emergency officials dispatched rescue boats to help two vessels on the Hudson.

Only a handful of residents in the area lost power as a result of the storm. A tree on High Avenue in Nyack came down, tangling wires, but less then 10 homes were without power as of 9 a.m. Friday, according to O&R.

Two small trees in Valley Cottage—one near the Mountainview Condominiums, and the other near New York Avenue—also came down in the storm, according to Wayne Ballard, the Clarkstown highway superintendent.

Towns and villages in Putnam and northern Westchester than Rockland.

Gregg July 27, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Thank God....It missed most of us.

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