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Flooding Potential Warning
Release Date: March 29, 2010

The Village of Rye Brook is preparing for the potential for heavy rain Monday and Tuesday, March 29th and 30th, resulting in significant rainfall totals.  Plenty of runoff is expected as already saturated grounds will have a hard time absorbing this amount of rainfall, resulting in localized flooding.  Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared and take action should flooding develop.  

Please stay tuned to your local radio or TV station or the National Weather Service for more information.  

Dial 911 for any emergencies.

The Village of Rye Brook Fire Department will try to assist residents who may experience flooding to their homes with pump-outs. Due to other emergencies or conditions that occur during such events, this service is often not available immediately.

Rye Brook Fire Department Pump Out Procedures
All requests need to be made through the Police Department at 937-1020 
All requests will be placed by the Police Department on a list for Fire Department action
Threat to structure or utilities are a priority
Water must be above 12 inches (due to the large size of Fire Department pumps)
Pump outs are evaluated by the Fire Department on a case by case basis


Power Outages
Customers are urged to call Con Edison immediately to report any outages at 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633). Customers can also report power interruptions or service problems as well as view service restoration information online at www.conEd.com and on their cell phones and PDAs.  When reporting an outage, customers should have their Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether their neighbors also have lost power.

In the event of severe outages, primary distribution feeders will be restored first, with the highest priority given to lines that supply the most customers out of service.  Next, the crews will restore secondary facilities, such as transformers and secondary cables, again with highest priority given to lines supplying the most customers out of service.  Individual services, lines serving a single home, will be restored as crews become available.
Con Edison offers the following tips to prepare for a storm:
  1. If you see downed electrical wires, do not go near them.  Treat all downed wires as if they are live.  Never attempt to move or touch them with any object.  Be mindful that downed wires can be hidden from view by tree limbs, leaves or water.  Report all downed wires to Con Edison and your local police department immediately.  If a power line falls on your car while you’re in it, stay inside the vehicle and wait for emergency personnel.
  1. If your power goes out, turn off all lights and appliances to prevent overloaded circuits when power is restored.  Leave at least one light switch in the on position to alert you when power has been restored.
  1. Check to make sure your flashlights and any battery-operated radios or televisions are in working order. Use candles and oil lamps with care.  Also, make sure you have a supply of extra batteries.  Weather updates and news on restorations of electrical service can be heard on most local radio and television stations.
  1. Avoid opening your freezer to see if food is still frozen.  Every time you open the door, room-temperature air enters and speeds the thawing process.  Most fully loaded freezers will keep food frozen for approximately 36 to 48 hours; half-full freezers will keep food frozen for approximately 24 hours.
The company will maintain close contact with the New York City Office of Emergency Management and the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services to coordinate storm response as necessary.

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