Irene Recap: Flooding, One Rockland Death

A look at the storm's damage and aftermath; Spring Valley man killed by live wire

Irene plodded through the Nyack-Piermont region Saturday night and Sunday morning, bringing torrents of rain, dangerous gusts of wind and a surfeit of lowland flooding.

All through the night, authorities responded to calls of flooded basements, power outages, downed trees, sewage overflow and, early Saturday in Spring Valley, .

Here's a roundup of all things Irene—the before, during and after. Feel free to join the reporting effort and add your photos and/or stories.

Before—the preparations

  • Authorities in the Nyack-Piermont region during last week; road closures are anticipated, rescue vehicles are readied, water pumps are dug out and sandbags are filled.
  • New York State on Thursday afternoon.
  • Rockland County at 6 p.m. on Friday
  • The Village of Nyack to move their cars to higher ground on Friday.
  • Shopper for supplies; "Parts of Target at the Palisades Mall looked like the setting for a zombie movie," wrote Patch reporter Adam Littman.
  • The MTA at noon on Saturday.
  • for residents who lose power, are chased out by water or are unable to care for themselves.
  • On Saturday night, in portions of West Nyack.


During—residents hunker down, authorities get to work

  • Irene morning as a weak Category One Hurricane.
  • Nyack declares a state of emergency at 6 a.m., shutting off downtown to non-emergency traffic. Click to see a video of the storm at its height.
  • West Nyackers in the Klein Avenue neighborhood are forced out of their homes; flood waters cause severe property damage.
  • Patch , allowing residents from around Rockland to talk and share their experiences. Readers traded photos, tips and let folks know who has extra sub-pumps.
  • Rockland officials to stay off streets and remain in their homes, call 911 only in the event of an emergency and not unnecessarily bog down cell phone networks.
  • About 30 residents–some with pets—. Places like Nyack High School and Tappan Zee High School set up cots for people in need.
  • in Rockland, along with Westchester and Putnam

After—pumps, closures and blocked roads

  • Click to see a video of Irene's immediate aftermath; Route 59 by the Palisades Center saw feet of water and was closed to traffic, with at least one car likely totaled. Nyack's downtown was littered with debris, a sailboat nearly ran aground by the Clermont Condominiums and southern Piermont saw Sparkill Creek spill over its boundaries and invade homes, roads and parks.
  • Clarkstown ., allowing non-emergency vehicles to hit the roads. By 3 p.m. Sunday, there were a handful of cars out and about, but traffic remained minimal.
  • Route 9W between Nyack and Piermont had a smattering of twigs, leaves and puddles, but remained passable.
  • , with New City being hit hardest by the outages. (7,500 customers were in the dark.)
  • Local businesses opened their doors shortly after noon, catering to the residents who walked outside to survey the damage. Community Market in Piermont was bustling with activity.
Mario D'Angelo August 29, 2011 at 11:36 AM
Having moved up from NJ and being served by PSE&G as my utility provider, I have to give really, RWALLY bad marks to Orange & Rockland as far as their commuication goes. PSE&G still has me on their email forward list and provided periodic updates before, during, and after the storm regarding power service. O&R: zero. PSE&G has a call-in number for power outages that is actually manned by a human being or, if you choose not to wait on the phone, they have a system in place whereby you can leave a message about not having power. O&R: NO real human contact possible - we called repeatedly after our power went out and got a recording that said we 'might' not be able to get a representative, transferred the call, then went into a rapid busy signal. Was anyone even on duty at O&R customer service? PSE&G was able to give recorded estimates for time of repair: O&R: NO communication. PSE&G does automated call-backs to customers to let them know the status of restoration of service: O&R: NO customer service. We had no way of knowing how widespread the power outage was, if it just our block or our entire town; we had no way of knowing if O&R even knew the power was out, let alone how long we might anticipate being without power until it could be restored. O&R definitely needs to step up their disaster plan regarding customer service - it was more than sadly lacking in this storm!
susan reed August 29, 2011 at 05:09 PM
Same experience. No information. Zippo. Perhaps O&R customers should start a twitter campaign of disapproval and demand for decent communication. Would someone like to take the lead?


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