MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Jaime Veve successfully pumped out his flooded basement between Sunday and Monday, but found two more inches of seepage Tuesday, as Con Edison crews worked to restore power to homes in his flood-prone neighborhood.
Veve, who lives on First Street, has been without power since Sunday and had to hook a sump pump to a neighbor's generator after about seven feet of water settled in his basement from Hurricane Irene.
"This is like a nightmare," said Veve, who fared even worse in the April 2007 flood that hit low-lying areas like the Washingtonville neighborhoods. "At least this time I had some time to prepare."
Veve, like many of his neighbors, moved most of his furniture to the second floor before Tropical Storm Irene hit Mamaroneck.
While Veve waits to have his power restored, Con Edison is moving quickly through Mamaroneck, where the number of residents without power has decreased from about 4,100 at the peak of the storm Sunday to about 2,000 Monday, to 771 Tuesday, according to the Con Edison website.
"The hurricane's impact was primarily to our overhead system," said Con Edison spokesperson Sarah Banda. "Crews have been working 12-hour days, working hard to restore people who lost power."
As of Tuesday, 1,700 Con Edison employees were out in the field restoring service in New York City and Westchester. Hundreds of residents in each community are still without power, including 481 in the Town of Mamaroneck and 42 in Larchmont.
Con Edison estimates those customers will have their power restored by Sept. 1.
To report a power outage, call 1-800-77-CON-ED, or report your outage on their website .
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