SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Trees were down, wires were hanging and roads were closed in Scarsdale a year ago when a freak snowstorm blew in and took Westchester County by surprise.
Approximately 5 inches of wet, heavy snow were dropped on the area Oct. 29, leaving parts of the village without power for days after tree branches went toppling, bringing power lines with them.
More than 4,000 residents lost power, and nearly 70,000 homes around the county went without electricity for nearly two days as Con Edison tried to clean up the mess Mother Nature caused.
At the time of the storm, John Brett, a member of the Scarsdale Volunteer Fire Company, said that ice was as much a problem as the snow.
“The trees are covered with ice and wet snow,” he said. “It looks like you got the snow off, but the branches are still low because the leaves are coated with ice.”
The storm affected residents and merchants throughout the village, and an ordinance was put in place that effectively canceled Halloween for many disappointed trick-or-treaters.
Ellen Tiven-Moore, the executive director of the then Scarsdale Teen Center (now The Center@862) said the storm wreaked havoc on the haunted house they spent more than a month setting up.
“It was our first time doing that event, and the snowstorm killed two days of it,” she said. “We still had 400 visitors, but we had to close down. There were downed wires everywhere and hardly anyone was out in the village.”