VALHALLA, N.Y. - As 2012 draws to an end, The Mount Pleasant Daily Voice is looking back at some of the top stories of the year .
A major storm hit the area for the second year in a row when Mount Pleasant was struck by Hurricane Sandy in late October.
This year, though, Mount Pleasant Town Supervisor Joan Maybury called Sandy the, "worst storm to hit this area in years."
During the storm, 13 houses throughout Mount Pleasant were struck by trees and suffered damage, but no one was injured.
Many roads were closed throughout town for days after the storm due to downed trees and wires. Major highways disrupted included Route 117 in Pleasantville, Route 448 in Pocantico Hills and Route 110 in Hawthorne.
In the days following, Con Edison reported that more than 6,000 of the 8,000 customers in Mount Pleasant were without electricity. Some of those customers were without power for two weeks following the storm. Town Hall in Valhalla remained open for the duration of that time as a 24-hour shelter for residents.
Both the Mount Pleasant Central School District and Valhalla Union Free School District canceled school for the entire week following the storm. The Pleasantville Union Free School District was able to open its school a few days after the storm passed.
In total, Maybury estimated that the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy cost Mount Pleasant around $250,000. Maybury said the majority of those costs were related to overtime for police officers and highway workers and that the town is working with FEMA to be reimbursed for up to 80 percent of those expenses.
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