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Monday, March 15, 2010

Powerful Storm Leaves Mess in the Bronx

Two fallen trees destroyed or damaged eight cars and brought down powerlines and uprooted sections of sidewalk along Sedgwick. (Photo by David Greene)

This weekend’s Nor’easter slammed New York City and surrounding areas with wind gusts of up to 80 mph and over six inches of rain. An estimated 8,400 Bronx residencies were without power at some point. Some 3,000 Bronx residents were still without power this morning. 

As of 8 a.m. Monday, there were 205 calls made to 311 in the Bronx alone, over the weekend;185 of those calls concerned fallen trees. A even dozen trees fell on Bronx houses.

Several northwest Bronx parks were affected by the powerful storm: 24 trees were knocked down in Van Cortlandt Park; four fell in St. James Park and one big one fell in the Williamsbridge Oval Park (See Photo by Jesse Bernardini).

Massive flooding was reported in Pelham Bay and Van Cortlandt Parks.

Several cars parked along Sedgwick Avenue were damaged or destroyed when a pair of giant trees toppled over. One tree struck a passing MTA bus, another fallen tree struck an ambulance along Ft. Independence Avenue.

One woman outside of 3835 Sedgwick Avenue explained, "One tree fell from each side of the street but my car was right in the middle, so it didn't touch my car."

The resident of the block, who declined to give her name, continued, "This morning I counted eight cars plus the ones that were already taken, so a lot of cars were damaged."

The trees were chopped up by police and fire officials and most of the debris was quickly removed by Parks Department officials, the resident added, "They did a real good job cleaning it up this morning."

The city has sent out three-dozen forestry crews to try and remove all fallen trees and limbs. Due to the tremendous amount of uprooted and fallen trees the city has had to hire private contractors to help with the process.

-Additional reporting by David Greene

1 comment:

  1. you've only told a part of the story. yes, the city did a good job in removing the downed trees on sedgwick, but that's about it. all the private homes on the block are still without power, including the street lights. so the entire area is pitch black once darkness falls, which is not safe, nor a good thing considering the buses and traffic that use the thoroughfare, ... and... there is no phone, cable or internet service on the entire block... and cablevision has not indicated when that will be restored. so let's get the whole story before we start shaking hands for a job well done. there are still some big problems there.


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