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Harrison Opens 'Stress Centers'; Power Update

Harrison Mayor/Supervisor Ron Belmont said 1,400 Harrison homes had their power restored over the weekend, but there is still work to be done.

Progress is being made on Harrison's electrical problems nearly a week after Hurricane Sandy battered the East Coast.

Harrison Mayor/Supervisor Ron Belmont said Sunday night that 1,400 residents had their power restored over the weekend. Utility crews were expected to continue working in town Sunday night.

"We've made a significant dent in the number of residents who are not receiving electricity, but we have a long way to go," Belmont said in a mass phone call delivered to the town's emergency call list.

Belmont added that 300 trees have been removed from Harrison streets and that all local roads are now open.

"Unfortunately, it has been a week since Sandy arrived and we are still suffering the consequences of the storm," Belmont said.

Three local shelters are scheduled remain open Monday. The Harrison Fire Department, Leo Mintzer Center in West Harrison and Purchase Fire Department will remain open as temperatures are expected to remain cool on Monday.

The town has also opened both of its recreation centers as "stress centers" where residents can shower, plug in electronics and relax.

Belmont has sent mass phone calls about once a day since the storm hit in an effort to update residents. He urged people who have been receiving the calls to update neighbors who are without power and out of touch with the latest information.

"Please share these messages," he said. "It is very hard to get messages to people who do not have phone or computer service."

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