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Storm Warning - Andrea
Release Date: June 07, 2013

A flash flood watch continues for our area as the remnants of tropical system Andrea will result in widespread rain across the tri state area through the day today continuing until early Saturday. Rainfall amounts between 2 and 4 inches are forecasted with the heaviest rain expected this afternoon through tonight. Maximum hourly rates could approach an inch which could last for several hours.

It should be stressed that while prolonged period of rainfall is expected the main concern during this time period will be potential for flash flooding.

Please review your personal flood plans in the event that precautionary action becomes necessary, and monitor weather forecasts via commercial media or for updates on conditions. Do not drive through standing water and in the event of an emergency, dial 911.

-- Mayor Paul Rosenberg 

  • Tropical Storm Andrea is losing tropical characteristics and is accelerating up the eastern coast line
  • Main impacts are complicating factors associated with timing of heaviest rainfall, peak winds, and arrival of high tides resulting in enhanced fresh water and tidal flooding (up to moderate flooding in flashier brooks, streams, and rivers). There is a high likelihood of flash flooding. Areas West and North of NY City have already received an average of 1 inch of rainfall.
  • Rainfall forecast – 2 to 4 inches with isolated areas receiving up to 5 inches. Heaviest precipitation expected to arrive Southwest to Northeast between 3PM and 9PM. Rain should end around 5am.  Thunder and Lightning are not forecasted. 
  • Wind – Strongest winds should remain South of the area and could gust 30 to 35 MPH along the shoreline.  15-20mph winds are expected in Westchester County.  Tornadoes are not forecasted.     
  • Surge – Expected to reach 2ft above ground during high tide tonight. Minor inundation of land areas is possible. Hudson River surge should remain less than 1ft.
  • Long range forecast – Warm, moist, unstable air mass will remain behind TS Andrea and will likely cause afternoon showers and thunderstorms Saturday afternoon. A 2nd system is forecast to impact the area on Monday & Tuesday with the potential for heavy showers and thunderstorms
  • National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook, a Coastal Flood Advisory and a Flash Flood Watch (potential for a Flash Flood Warning later tonight)

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

Procedures for Damage to Electrical Systems, Gas Equipment and Sanitary Systems
In the event of a storm, wind, rain or flood event, please keep in mind these simple guidelines with respect to electrical systems, natural or liquid propane gas equipment, and sanitary systems to help ensure the safety, health and welfare of you, your family, your property and the community at large. 
·        Do not attempt to touch or move any downed or low-hanging electrical power lines. This could result in injury or death. Report damaged power lines to the Rye Brook Police Department at 937-1020.
·        Flooding can damage your electrical system, and Con Edison may de-energize your system (disconnect your power at the pole) if such damage occurs. Report flood damaged electrical equipment to the Rye Brook Police Department at 937-1020. Do not attempt to use any electrical outlets or other electrical equipment damaged by water. Should your electrical power be shut off by Con Edison due to damage by flooding, you must retain the services of a Westchester County Licensed Electrician to make whatever repairs are necessary.
·        All electrical repairs must be inspected by the Village’s Electrical Inspection Agency prior to being re-energized by Con Edison. Please contact the Building Department at 939-0668 for further information.
·        Flooding can cause your natural or liquid propane gas heating / hot water systems to become unsafe. Report flood damaged heating equipment to the Rye Brook Police Department at 937-1020. Do not attempt to use flood damaged gas heating / hot water equipment. This could result in fire or explosion.
·        Any damaged gas heating or hot water equipment must be repaired by a Westchester County Licensed Plumber or H.V.A.C. Contractor.
·        All natural or liquid propane gas system repairs must be inspected by the Village Plumbing Inspector prior to being placed back in service. Please contact the Building Department at 939-0668 for further information.
·        Never remove the caps on your sanitary sewer house traps in an attempt to drain flood water. This is a violation of Westchester County and NY State Health Codes, and can result in a sewer back-up allowing raw sewerage to flow back into your home through the opened trap.

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 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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