Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef described Hurricane Sandy as the worst storm in more than a century and urged residents to exercise caution as the clean up got underway on Tuesday.
â€œHurricane Sandy hit Rockland County very hard, and resulted in many downed trees, property damage, widespread power outages and unfortunately one confirmed fatality,â€ said Vanderhoef. â€œOur thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the victim and all those who suffered damage to their homes and property.â€
Vanderhoef discussed many aspects of the storm and its impact on the community.
He urged residents to continue to use caution especially when considering Halloween activities because of extensive power outage, number of downed power lines and trees.
â€œWith Halloween approaching, parents should exercise extreme caution and common sense when deciding if their neighborhood is safe for children to trick-or-treat,â€ he said. â€œParents may want to consider alternative Halloween activities such as small gatherings or parties inside the home.â€
According to Orange and Rockland Utilitiesâ€™ updated report Tuesday afternoon, 74,500 customers in the county are without electricity. According to Vanderhoef, O&R expects the majority of customers to have power restored within the next 10 days, although some customers may not have electricity for a longer period of time.
Vanderhoef also issued the following updates: