YORKTOWN, N.Y.-- Yorktown has declared a state of emergency starting 9 p.m. Saturday and tentatively scheduled to end at 9 a.m. Sunday morning. The ending time is subject to change based upon weather conditions.
When a state of emergency is declared, all vehicles except emergency vehicles must stay off the roads.
Supervisor Susan Siegel said the call was made to ensure the safety of residents, as well as emergency personnel. Siegel also said the Yorktown Community Cultural Center was opened as a shelter for residents' safety, and said when she left the shelter around 8:30 p.m. Saturday there were 5 individuals currently there.
"We had the place ready, we had the generator outside Friday and it's ready to be hooked up if and when the lights go out," Siegel said. "It was a question of when we were going to open it. We really couldn't tell when the storm was going to hit, if it was going to be later, so we decided to open it to be safe. It's a service that the town provides for Yorktown residents-- but it's also open to people driving through who need somewhere to stay or people from nearby towns that might not have a shelter."
She also warned anyone venturing out in the bad weather to be aware of downed wires and that the roads should be left clear so that emergency vehicles can go to emergencies unhampered by unneccesary cars on the road.
"We want to air on the conservative side and be safe, and it's very hard with a hurricane to predict when things are going to come," Siegel said.
Stay with The Daily Yorktown as we continue to post updates on the weather.
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