Rockville Centre earns kudos for storm work

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Superintendent of Public Works Harry Weed said that his crew was out in the storm on Oct. 29, working to clear as many trees off the roads as it could so that emergency vehicles would be able to maneuver through the village.

John Peters, director of information technology, said that between Oct. 29 and Nov. 5, 400 new entries were made to the village’s Swift911 emergency messaging system, and asked residents to add their emails to the system to give officials another way to contact residents in times of emergency.

Most homes and buildings in Rockville Centre were not damaged in the storm, according to Building Department Superintendent Dan Casella. “At this juncture, with the grace of God, few major structural incidents were apparent,” Casella said.

Fire Department Chief John Bushing said he was proud to report that there were no fatalities or serious injuries. “To those of you who stayed in your homes during the storm, thank you,” Bushing said. “To those of you who didn’t stay in your homes, I just want you to know that it wasn’t just you that you affected. You affected all the members of my department and the Police Department that potentially would have had to go out during the storm to help you if you got hurt.”

Some residents at the meeting complained about the restoration of power. Resident Eileen Ward brought up the traffic light at the intersection of Long Beach Road and Demott Avenue.

“I had no traffic light the entire length of the storm until about 1 p.m. this afternoon,” Ward said. “Cars were driving on the wrong side of the road. But a major problem was, ambulances couldn’t get through.”

Jerry Lange, another resident, said that he was worried that major environmental disasters seemed to be hitting New York more often than in the past, and voiced his displeasure with the lack of a restoration plan.
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