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Larchmont Helps Families Get Through Irene

LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- Like many Larchmont residents, Kiren Chetry and Chris Knowles' home was flooded Sunday morning as Hurricane Irene passed through Westchester County.

While some residents, like Jon Serrano of Myrtle Boulevard, were able to use sump pumps to drain flooded basements, others, like Chetry, required assistance from the Village of Larchmont. The Larchmont Fire Department responded to about 20 calls and received many more for flooded basements, said Lt. Adam Piscitello of the Larchmont Fire Department.

Piscitello said his team was backed up on calls for basement pump outs, which had to be prioritized below 911 calls.

"Although there certainly was flooding, in 'the usual spots' and along the Sound and the Premium River, there was surprisingly little of it, at least in the Pine Brook area of Larchmont," said Ralph Engel, a Larchmont resident. "For most of the residents of the Pine Brook area things were far better than expected and, although much of the area lost power, Con Edison got it on again in under eight hours."

Emergency personnel, who were out working Saturday night through Sunday, cleared fallen branches and trees from the roads fairly quickly, Piscitello said.

"We have had many down trees," said Town Supervisor Valerie O'Keeffe. "Our Highway Department is going around taking the trees off the streets to open the streets, providing there is no live wire. That has to be taken care of by Con Edison."

A down branch on Myrtle Boulevard hit a car and took down a power line, while another branch fell and got caught on a service line, causing the Town to tape off a section of the street. A bit further down Myrtle Boulevard, a sewage pump station at Memorial Park wasn't working Sunday and O'keeffe said Con Edison would have to repair that as well.

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