Life is slowly getting back to normal in Croton-on-Hudson after Hurricane Irene ripped through the village. Croton's municipal building has been without electricity since Sunday. Officials say there is a problem with the power lines that are connected to the building. There are also issues with the municipal building's power boxes, which need to be replaced. The facility, which has been the village's emergency operations center, has been running on generator power for days.
Elsewhere in the village the power is being restored, but obviously not quickly enough for those that have been without electricity for days. "We are down to four streets without power. Two days ago we had 19 streets without power. Now we are down to four," said Croton Mayor Leo Wiegman. The final streets needing power restored are Glengary Rd., North Ledge Loop, Upper North Highland Pl., and Valley Trail.
Croton parks and facilities are slowly opening up again. Croton Landing Park, Croton Landing Boat Launch, Senasqua Boat Basin, Croton Sailing School, Harrison Street Playground and Dobbs Park have already been opened.
Officials say damage to local parks includes sinkholes, eroded shorelines and fence damage. Repairs have already begun in a number of parks and facilities. "So we still have a number of facilities, that include some of our parks, where storm damage has not yet been repaired or mitigated, or water flow is still much higher than normal," said Mayor Wiegman. "We are undertaking a thorough review of both repairs and remaining damage and will decided Friday morning which parks can be reopened for the coming Labor Day holiday weekend. It is our goal to reopen as many recreation facilities as we are able to bring back online safely."