In Chappaqua, volunteers from the Community Emergency Response Team of New Castle have set up a shelter at the senior center at Senter Street to aid residents who lost power after the snow storm yesterday.
Jim McCauley, the deputy chief of CERT, has been working since 5:30 a.m. setting up the place for people who might need to use the facility either for few hours or even overnight.
“Half the town is not getting electricity, probably for another 24 hours. There are so many wires down,” said McCauley.
The team has more than 100 cots, blankets, pillows as well as meals for families.
Photo: A VW Beetle jammed between two trees in Chappaqua
Michael and Lori Anderson of Mill River Road were brought to the shelter by firemen at 6 a.m.
A tree fell on the couple’s second floor bedroom at 2:30 p.m., while their children, ages 3 and 1, slept downstairs.
No one was hurt.
“There were several wires on the house and the firefighters determined it was unsafe for us to remain at home and asked us gather some stuff and leave,” said Michael Anderson. “Six firefighters helped carry our things on foot and a patrol car gave us a ride to the firehouse.”
He said his house wasn’t the worst damaged house in the neighborhood.
“My neighbor’s house has been split in half,” he said.
The family got to ride on a fire truck on the way to the shelter.
“That was the highlight of our son’s life,” he said, referring to his 3-year-old son Hirsch.