Fourth Night in the Dark, Westchester Community Awaits Power

Croton-on-Hudson streets still covered in mangled wires after storm

By Ida Siegal
|  Wednesday, Nov 2, 2011  |  Updated 8:14 AM EDT
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Downed trees and wires continue to plague many communities, days after a massive snowstorm hit the tri-state area. Ida Siegal reports from Croton-on-Hudson where the problem is especially bad.

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Downed trees and wires continue to plague many communities, days after a massive snowstorm hit the tri-state area. Ida Siegal reports from Croton-on-Hudson where the problem is especially bad.

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For the fourth night in a row, the Westchester County village of Croton-on-Hudson is in the dark after a freak October snowstorm knocked down power poles and left masses of tangled wires on the ground.

"It was an absolute war zone," Stefan Lonce said of the storm razing the poles. "I can't describe it. You're panicked."

Lonce lives on Brook Street, where residents have been walking with flashlights to see ahead of them. With wires blocking the way in almost every direction, Lonce can barely get in or out of his dark home. He comes home in the morning and at night to feed his pets, but has been forced to stay elsewhere.

Nearby, John Hlinka has chosen to stay in his home. With at least gas and hot water still being supplied to the home, he just has to watch closely where he goes, he said.

Con Edison crews were still making repairs in the area Tuesday night, and their progress was apparent. Residents were told to expect their power back on by Wednesday.

"I'm hoping they're right because there's something about abandoning your home that's scary," said Lonce.

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