Ossining residents recall Floyd as Irene approaches

Westchester County residents are hoping that Hurricane Irene doesn't pack the same punch that the last major tropical storm did.

Hurricane Floyd was downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it hit the Hudson Valley, but it still caused huge problems.

The worst effect of Floyd came from heavy rains, with flooding in parts of the county and roads washed out in parts of Northern Westchester.

One of the hardest hit areas was Ossining, where a stream which runs through the village became a raging torrent through the center of the village.

An auto repair shop, which at one time spanned the creek, collapsed, after a blocked culvert backed up the stream. Further down the stream, the Metro-North tracks were washed out, disrupting train service for days.

On Ossining's south side, a house was nearly washed away as floodwaters poured down another small stream which ran next to it.

In Yonkers, Clunie Avenue on the city's north side was inundated, and residents had to be rescued by boat, as the swollen Saw Mill River overwhelmed their neighborhood..

Following the storm, work was done on the Saw Mill to minimize flooding, but heavy rains still produce serious flooding.

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