Rockville Centre mayor asks for cooperation after storm [Updated Friday, Nov. 2]

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Rockville Centre schools will be closed for the rest of the week, Murray said.
The mayor said that Rockville Centre water is safe to drink, but asked that residents conserve water for important uses, like cooking and hygiene, and refrain from watering lawns.

Most traffic lights in the village are still out, Murray said, asking residents not to drive unless it is “absolutely necessary.”

Murray announced that with trees and power lines down, Halloween trick-or-treating on Rockville Centre streets would be canceled.

“Thank you for your cooperation as we work our way out of the devastation caused by this storm,” Murray concluded.

According to Kluewer, because many residents are still without power or phone service, officials were working to release the mayor’s message over the radio as well.

Kluewer said that there have been no reports of casualties in the Rockville Centre and no reports of looting, though police are on extra patrol in the aftermath of the Hurricane.

According to Liz Dion, president of the Rockville Centre Board of Education, power has been restored to South Side Middle School, Watson Elementary and Riverside Elementary. Dion added that the trustees hope power will be back at Wilson Elementary, Hewitt Elementary and South Side High School either Thursday or Friday. Because Covert Elementary is on the LIPA power grid, it is more difficult to determine when power would be restored.

"All the trustees have been driving around the schools since Tuesday," Dion said. "Fortunately, we've escaped any major damage. There was no physical damage in the schools. We had maintenance crews that stayed Monday night in the event of flooding and there was none."

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