YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Residents without power are being asked by Yorktown police to do the only thing they can do: be patient.
Police said they are just as much in the dark about power restoration as the public and ask that residents not tie up emergency lines or dispatch staff by calling about restoration.
“We know how frustrating being without power can be,” police said in a statement. “This predicament is typically made worse absent concrete information regarding restoration time estimates. Please understand that utility companies have not provided any estimates of power restoration at this point.”
The department said it will share any information it receives with the public, and added that residents should anticipate and prepare for being without power for “extensive time frame.”
Two deliveries of dry ice were made Tuesday in the Triangle Shopping Center and the Yorktown’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is attempting to coordinate additional distributions. Police are asking residents to monitor news outlets for announcements of any dry ice that may become available.
The emergency shelter at the Yorktown Community and Cultural Center remains open to residents without any power or hot water. Residents must bring a valid ID, sleeping bag or blanket and only minimal personal belongings. No pets are allowed in the shelter.
Police said they often receives complaints from residents that a utility company arrived at their location and then "left and the power is still not on." Utility companies’ main objective is to make down lines safe, and the companies will return later to restore power, police said.
Residents with portable generators should use them only in well-ventilated areas outside of the home. The use of generators outside homes during a power outage is not a violation of the Town Code noise ordinance, police said, and residents should not call with noise complaints regarding generator noise.