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Greenburgh Remembers Snowtober, Ready For Frankenstorm

Last year's October snowstorm hit Greenburgh especially hard, leaving thousands without power.
Last year's October snowstorm hit Greenburgh especially hard, leaving thousands without power. Photo Credit: File

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Just one year after Snowtober, Greenburgh could be seeing another Halloween full of flooding and power outages — but much less snow.

Greenburgh was one of the hardest-hit areas in Westchester County during last year's late October snowstorm, as branches heavy with leaves succumbed to the weight of the snow and fell, bringing down power lines with them.

Amy Huang of Greenburgh said her daughter was out of school for three days because of a downed power line at Lee F. Jackson School. During those three days, she and other parents struggled to figure out what to do with their children while the town was piled under snow.

"We didn't know what to do with the kids," Huang said. "I heard from a lot of parents who had to go back to work saying, 'This is ridiculous. What do we do with our child?' "

The Theodore D. Young Community Center opened its doors after the storm, offering a warm place to sleep for those who were without power, as hotels quickly became full throughout Greenburgh.

Many young children, like Huang's, were upset that the schools' annual Halloween parades had to be canceled.

While no snow is expected for this Halloween, forecasters are warning Westchester County that it may be a wet one.

Hurricane Sandy, currently near the Bahamas, is expected to impact the Atlantic Coast from Sunday through Tuesday. The result is "Frankenstorm," which could bring in damaging winds, flooding and, like Snowtober, more power outages, according to AccuWeather.com.

"With a potential storm heading this way that can bring a foot of rain along with damaging winds early next week, Snowtober could look like a walk in the park," Jack Hughes of Irvington wrote on The Greenburgh Daily Voice Facebook page.

Huang said the irony of last year's Halloween snowstorm was that it was the worst — and only — major snowstorm of the year. She had run out to buy boots for her family after the storm hit, but they were never used again that winter.

With Frankenstorm's threatening approach, though, the boots may come in handy for flooding. "I hope there won't be a flood. We'll see," she said. "I'm crossing my fingers."

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