Storm Aftermath: State of emergency remains in Yorktown

Officials say 6 to 8 inches of rain fell in a matter of hours, causing significant damage.

News 12 Staff

Jul 11, 2023, 9:47 AM

Updated 284 days ago


Parts of the Hudson Valley continue to deal with the aftermath of Sunday's storms.
A state of emergency remains in effect in the Yorktown area.
Officials say 6 to 8 inches of rain fell in a matter of hours, causing significant damage.
Like numerous small rivers and streams across the Hudson Valley, Shrub Oak Brook overflowed on Sunday, flooding everything near its banks, including Shrub Oak Park.
Crews say they hope to have the park open tomorrow. It will all depend on how much cleanup is needed once the water completely recedes.
The storm resulted in a sinkhole behind Town Hall, compromised culverts, boulders on roads, and severe flooding.
The Links at Valley Fields golf course, which opened last Saturday, and the Jefferson Valley Mall were among the hardest-hit areas. Police reported that a group of teens even swam in the flooded parking lot at Shrub Oak Park.
First responders spent Monday unclogging drains and closing roads while waiting for the waters to recede.
Assessment of the damage will occur once the waters recede. Yorktown Town Supervisor Tom Diana declared a state of emergency in the hope of securing FEMA funds to expedite recovery.
"I wanted to make sure that we were covered here in the town of Yorktown for the devastation that we have here," Diana acknowledged on Monday.
"I couldn't believe it because I've lived here for over 25 years, and I never saw anything like it," said Shrub Oaks resident Dana Doyle.
All Yorktown Parks and Recreation programs were canceled on Monday, and municipal pools are closed. The town's camps and one pool are expected to resume on Tuesday.

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