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Hurricane Sandy Roughs Up Yorktown

A small SUV was crushed by a fallen tree during Hurricane Sandy in the Yorktown Volunteer Ambulance Corps parking lot Tuesday morning.
A small SUV was crushed by a fallen tree during Hurricane Sandy in the Yorktown Volunteer Ambulance Corps parking lot Tuesday morning. Photo Credit: Brian Marschhauser

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Hurricane Sandy hit Yorktown hard, officials said.

Most of the town was without power Tuesday, and many of the roads were blocked by trees or littered with debris.

A large tree was down in the middle of Route 202 on the Mohegan Lake end of town, and Lexington Avenue was closed off. The back roads were littered with trees and debris. There weren’t many electrical wires down, but transformer explosions could be heard around town throughout Monday night.

Traffic lights were not working, and most businesses were dark. In Yorktown Heights, the Mobil and Shell gas stations were closed. The A&P was open, but without full power, running only a few cash registers in limited light.

Where there was power, there were people. The Getty and Hess gas stations off Route 202 were open, and there were long lines of cars waiting to fill up and get fuel for generators. On the Cortlandt end of town, some businesses did have power and the Barnes & Noble there was packed with people using the Wi-Fi and waiting for a chance to charge their phones.

The Yorktown Community and Culture Center (YCCC) was open as a shelter for residents without heat or electricity.

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