Yonkers mayor says city learned from past storms; ready to handle Tropical Storm Isaias

Mayor Spano assures that the city is more than prepared this time around to handle any trouble that Tropical Storm Isaias may bring.

News 12 Staff

Aug 2, 2020, 8:57 PM

Updated 1,386 days ago

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Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano says the city is in good shape to handle Tropical Storm Isaias after facing major storms in the past.

Yonkers endured terrible flooding during Hurricane Irene. Its waterfront also sustained millions in damages after the Hudson River flooded downtown streets during Superstorm Sandy.
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Mayor Spano assures that the city is more than prepared this time around to handle any trouble that Tropical Storm Isaias may bring.
"We have the potential for flooding in maybe two or three different sectors of the city. So, we'll be prepared for those sections. We'll have the pump stations set up, we'll have sandbags that are ready for people, especially residents," he says.

The mayor adds that the city is prepared for the worst, even if it this storm may not hit as hard as Superstorm Sandy.
"It's very rare that you are going to see the Hudson River overflow like it did in Sandy, but we will be prepared for it if it does," he says. "And then there are other areas like the end of Yonkers Avenue where we have made some significant changes to the way the water is drained and they tend not to flood anymore."
While government and city officials issued warnings, some residents in the Hudson Valley say they don't believe Isaias will have too big of an impact on the area.
"No, it doesn't seem to be terrible. I mean we've been through a lot worse storms where I had to cook on the grill for a week. I don't think that's going to happen tomorrow," says Terrence Jackson, of New Rochelle.
As the storm approaches the Hudson Valley, local officials continue to ask residents to take precautions by removing objects that can be moved by strong wind gusts, staying away from downed power lines and limiting driving during the storm to make roadways clear for emergency vehicles.


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