Press Release: Supervisor Declares State of Emergency
For Immediate Release
August 27, 2011
Supervisor Declares State of Emergency for Town of Clarkstown
Will Be Issuing
Emergency Orders Regarding Vehicular Traffic, Closure of Businesses and
Evacuation of Designated Areas South of Lake DeForest
(New City, NY) – Supervisor Alexander J. Gromack today
declared a State of Emergency in the Town of Clarkstown effective 12pm due to
the effects of Hurricane Irene including the possibility of sustained high
winds, local flooding and loss of power.
A State of Emergency gives the Supervisor broad powers to
protect the public health and safety of residents who may be affected by the
flooding.Under the State of Emergency,
the Supervisor directed all departments and agencies of the Town to take
whatever steps are necessary to protect life and property, public infrastructure,
and provide any necessary emergency assistance.
The Town of Clarkstown has begun implementing their
emergency response plan and coordination of all responding agencies.The Town's Emergency Operation Center is now
in operation.Town officials and staff
are manning the Emergency Operations Center this evening.The Supervisor will be issuing Local
Emergency Orders within the next two hours pertaining to vehicular travel,
closure of business and mandatory evacuation zones, specifically in the neighborhoods
south of the Lake DeForest Reservoir.