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Clean-up is continuing in the City of Yonkers, where residents in the low-lying areas of the city got hit hard.

Emily Young

Oct 3, 2023, 4:40 PM

Updated 289 days ago

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The Hudson Valley is still reeling from the historic rainfall on Friday.
Clean-up is underway in the City of Yonkers, where residents in the low-lying areas of the city got hit hard.
"The water just filled up my basement," said a resident of the Cedar Knolls neighborhood who wants to remain anonymous. "It was literally like a few seconds, the water was so fast I couldn't believe it I couldn't even close my garage door."
She estimates about three feet of water was in her basement on Friday.
"The whole thing was mucked up," she said.
She's been cleaning since Saturday, every day for about 12 hours a day. And 36 hours' worth of her manual labor was gone in a matter of minutes, as the DPW went house-to-house collecting the destruction.
"Anything and everything that's flooded and damaged, they're going curbside," says the DPW Manager of Refuse, John Naughton.
And they'll be at it for the rest of the week.
"Tomorrow is the start of leaf season so we have to do, our guys will be doing a regular recyclable collection, then they'll be going back out to all their routes and doing leaf collection, and then they'll be doing storm collection," explained Naughton.
Residents are asked to call 377 to schedule debris pick up, so their house is not forgotten.


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