Though things were slowly getting back to normal in New Castle Tuesday, New Castle officials were unhappy with the pace of electricity restoration.
When the snow started falling eight hours earlier than expected and sticking fast, said Supervisor Barbara Gerrard, Con Edison should have mobilized.
“People at this point are throwing out their food,” Gerrard said around midday Tuesday. “I just spoke with a woman whose insulin supply was ruined.”
Gerrard said the trees that make northern Westchester towns bucolic and beautiful become a problem in severe weather.
“New Castle, just like North Castle and Yorktown and Bedford, we have a lot of trees and the vulnerability is in the trees,” she said.
The roads were all open in town Tuesday but some were narrowed to one lane.
“We still have an awful lot of wires down in roads and in the trees,” Gerrard said.
At midday Tuesday, Roaring Brook and Westorchard schools still had no power but Con Ed was working at Roaring Brook, Gerrard said, and the district was trying hard to reopen on Wednesday.
On the positive side, no one was hurt in town and not much damage was done to homes. Many of the wires were pulled down by falling branches rather than falling trees.
The Horace Greeley High School locker rooms are open for showers until 8 p.m. and the Chappaqua Library is open for residents who need to charge phones.
On the second day of no school in Chappaqua, Nolan Dunn brought his little brother Colin to the Greeley gym early Tuesday afternoon to pick up some of his things. The Dunn family, which lives on Old Lyme Road off Route 120, got its power back at about 9 p.m. on Sunday after being out for a day and a half.
Dunn said there are abandoned vehicles, branches and mud piles in the roads around town.
“Getting to and from on 120 and Old Lyme Road and all around there’s trees down everywhere,” said Dunn, a 2006 graduate of Fordham Prep who is leaving Chappaqua on Wednesday to report to the Army.
During the outage after the storm, Dunn and his father and another brother went to White Plains to watch football and eat warm food. Now that they have their power back, friends without power are staying with them. This is the second time in just over two months they have lived through a major outage; they lost power for three days after Hurricane Irene in late August.