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Top Stories 2012: Sandy Keeps Greenburgh In The Dark

Neighbors stand outside to assess Hurricane Sandy's damage on Greenacres Avenue in Hartsdale on Oct. 30.
Neighbors stand outside to assess Hurricane Sandy's damage on Greenacres Avenue in Hartsdale on Oct. 30. Photo Credit: File/Samantha Kramer
Theresa Travalino, 83, tends to her husband Dean, 95. The family had to struggle in their Edgemont house without power for 11 days following Hurricane Sandy.
Theresa Travalino, 83, tends to her husband Dean, 95. The family had to struggle in their Edgemont house without power for 11 days following Hurricane Sandy. Photo Credit: File/Samantha Kramer
Many Greenburgh residents went to the library to take advantage of the power outlets, books and warmth it offered after Hurricane Sandy outed power for thousands of homes.
Many Greenburgh residents went to the library to take advantage of the power outlets, books and warmth it offered after Hurricane Sandy outed power for thousands of homes. Photo Credit: File/Samantha Kramer
Students from Solomon Schechter in Hartsdale took a trip to Long Island following Hurricane Sandy to help people rebuild their storm-battered homes.
Students from Solomon Schechter in Hartsdale took a trip to Long Island following Hurricane Sandy to help people rebuild their storm-battered homes. Photo Credit: File/Shira Guedalia

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — As 2012 draws to an end, The Greenburgh Daily Voice is looking back at some of the top stories of the year .

Greenburgh residents scrambled to the stores for supplies to prepare for Hurricane Sandy , but no one could prepare for the weeks-long blackouts that followed in early November.

While the flooding was nowhere near as bad as Hurricane Irene's last year, Sandy took down trees and power lines and brought massive power outages to Greenburgh, with some having to brave the November cold for more than two weeks. Some families didn't know what to do with their family members who required constant attention and heat.

Both Greenburgh and Elmsford officials joined state lawmakers in declaring a state of emergency for the town and villages. All schools were forced to close, some for up to a week, and many students will have to make up school days during their winter February breaks.

But many Greenburgh organizations and residents rose to the occasion to offer their help. The Greenburgh Public Library offered refuge to those seeking working power outlets for their devices or just a warm place to stay. Some residents opened their homes to those who remained without electricity.

And in the storm's aftermath, the Greenburgh Police Department and local schools did what they could to those closer to the coast whose homes were entirely destroyed.

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