PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. With Hurricane Irene scheduled to make its presence in the Westchester area this weekend, Pleasantville residents are advised to stay off the roads in order to avoid treacherous driving conditions and flooded roadways.
Stephen Johnson, head of the Pleasantville Department of Public Works, says that residents can not only help themselves by staying off the roads, but also help others.
"By staying clear of the roads and just staying home in the event of poor weather it can keep you safe and also go a long way for us and emergency personnel that are making rescue calls," Johnson said.
Johnson advises all residents of Pleasantville to especially stay clear of roadways that are notorious for flooding during rain storms, such as the Saw Mill Parkway, Manville Road, and Bedford Road.
On Thursday, Pleasantville Chief of Police Richard Love released a statement that advised residents of possible hurricane preparedness. The statement includes three basic measures for families to follow such as packing a go-bag in the event of an emergency evacuation, developing a disaster plan, and preparing an emergency supply kit to last a minimum of three days. The statement also lists any necessary numbers to call in the event of an emergency.
Flooding has been an issue for Pleasantville in the past and Johnson said he and the rest of the public works department are doing everything they can to prepare for the worst.
"We're getting all of our vehicles fueled up, collecting extra supplies, our generators are ready, so we're ready," Johnson said.
He also said that the department is doing its best to clean out the village's catch basins in the days leading up to the storms, in hopes of avoiding flooding.
In the event of emergency flooding, the Westchester County Technical Rescue Team will be on standby this weekend in order to make emergency rescues. The technical rescue team consists of area firefighters, EMS members and industry personnel.
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