National Guard called out to assist state of emergency in Putnam County

The troops will help hand out and deliver supplies to people who can't leave their homes.

News 12 Staff

Aug 6, 2020, 10:06 AM

Updated 1,389 days ago

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The New York National Guard is now on the ground in hard-hit Putnam County as all of the Hudson Valley remains under a state of emergency.

About 50 troops, some from Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh and others from the 101st Signal Battalion in Yonkers, helped during the cleanup.
Nearly 500 people were at Michael Geary Memorial Rink in Mahopac Thursday to receive ice and water they need to get through the mass power outage.
Officials say nearly all residents in the town of Carmel lost power at the height of Tuesday's storm.
The National Guard, town employees and volunteers helped to safely distribute a variety of necessities, including dry ice, wet ice and water.
The town supervisor says the National Guard will continue efforts for as long as they are needed.

According to NYSEG, 1,300 crew members are working to restore power to the area, with some customers expected to be in the dark until Monday.
Two comfort zones have been set up where people can cool off, get water and ice - and charge electronic devices from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. One is at the Friendship Center of Philipstown in Cold Spring and the Knights of Columbus in Carmel.
 
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