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Breaking News: Downed Tree Causes Taconic Parkway Closure

Fallen Trees Remain An Issue Around Mount Pleasant

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. – Rocco Costabile and a few neighbors on Milton Drive in Thornwood took the clean-up process after tropical storm Irene into their own hands.

A large tree in Costabile's yard was uprooted and fell across the street, blocking multiple residents from getting out of the dead-end street.

"I wasn't home at the time when it fell but the first thing I said to myself when I pulled up was 'we have a lot of work to do,'" Costabile said.

Costabile, along with his son, with some help from other neighbors on Milton, took a chainsaw to the large tree in order to clear the road, rather than wait for the town or a private company.

"The tree was in my property so it was my responsibility," Costabile said. "We like to look out for each other and the people on this street during times like these,"

Costabile went on to say how they were very lucky the tree narrowly missed knocking down several electrical wires and that they were able to keep power throughout the storms.

"I'm sure if that tree knocked down the wires and everyone lost power people would be throwing rocks at my house," Costabile joked.

In Pleasantville, residents were not so lucky as a tree at 5 Great Oak Lane was uprooted and fell onto wires, causing most of the street and surrounding areas to be without power. Marie Florie, of 3 Great Oak Lane, said they initially lost power early Sunday morning and Con Edison has told them the power may not be restored until early Friday morning.

"I wasn't prepared for this at all," Florie said. "It hasn't been easy. Luckily it's been nice out the past couple days but everything in my refrigerator is going to go bad if it hasn't already,"

In the 40 years that Florie has lived at her Great Oak Lane residence, she said she has never experienced a power outage for an extended period of time like this.

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