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Neighbors Lend a Hand to Restore Order After Storm

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – It took Michael Collins of Pleasantville an estimated eight to ten hours to scoop out almost three feet of water from his home's basement on Great Oak Lane.

After a fallen tree knocked out the electricity on the street, Collins' sump pumps were rendered useless as their back-up batteries were not functioning. He was forced to scoop most of the water by hand until a neighbor lent the use of a generator.

"Not having power is not even the worst part, it was the water in the basement and getting it out," Collins said.

After the torrential rain and high winds passed through Westchester County from Irene, many residents in the Mount Pleasant area were left with flooding and power outages. As of early Tuesday evening, Con Edison reported that over 2,500 customers in the Mount Pleasant area were still without power.

Across the street from Collins, Isabel Rachlin and her family experienced similar flooding damage in their home. Rachlin has lived on Great Oak Lane for over 30 years and was not anticipating the damage that Irene caused.

"There's a lot of people out there that have it worse than we do, but I wasn't expecting it to be this bad," Rachlin said.

Rachlin also utilized a generator and a shop-vac lent from a neighbor in order to remove the water from their home. Rachlin estimates the damage done to her office located in the basement of the home to be around $4,000.

Up the street from Collins and Rachlin, a large tree was uprooted and fell onto power lines, causing the entire street and surrounding area to be without power. The street has been without power since early Sunday morning and Con Edison estimates that it will not be restored until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday night.

Collins and Rachlin, all agreed that they have been able to recover from the storm as a group and help each other out, such as lending generators for sub-pumps or refrigerating food.

In nearby Thornwood, Rocco Costabile and neighbors on Milton Drive took the initiative to cut down a fallen tree blocking the dead end road.

"There's a lot of elderly people on this road," Costabile said. "We like to look out for each other and the people on this street during times like these,"

Collins had nothing but thanks for his neighbors.

"The town and village have been great and responsive, but our neighbors here have been great in lending a hand," Collins said.

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