Video: Latimer declares emergency in county after Ida’s deluge; villages issue statements on flooding

Tropical Storm Ida’s deluge closed streets and businesses and inundated basements in Pelham and left 200 cars stranded in flood waters across the county.

Madison Cohen

Westchester Executive George Latimer declared a state of emergency as a result of the flooding and other impacts that came when Ida struck the county Wednesday night into the early hours of Thursday. In a briefing Thursday morning, Latimer said the county received five to 10 inches of rain, with New Rochelle recording 7.79 inches.

One person died in “urban flash flooding” when they got out of their car, and their spouse remains missing, Latimer said. He did not release their names or the location. People had to be rescued by emergency services from some of the 200 cars trapped by water.

During the night, the Town of Pelham opened the Daronco Town House for residents who needed emergency shelter due to flooding or other damage to their homes.

“Flooding throughout our region was severe last night, affecting almost every neighborhood in town.” said Village of Pelham Mayor Chance Mullen in an 11:44 a.m. statement. “Our local first responders worked through the night, responding to emergency calls. Our DPW crews will be out all day assessing the damage and cleaning up debris. If you need water pumped from your property please email administrator@pelhamgov.com. Suez has confirmed that our water infrastructure was not damaged, so it’s fine to flush the toilet and drinking water should be safe to drink.”

The Village of Pelham Manor said in a 2 p.m. statement, “Several trees and power lines throughout the village are down. In addition, several streets are still flooded and closed off. Please do not attempt to access/drive down a street that is flooded and please do not touch any down wires.”

Madison Cohen

Residents were instructed to call the Pelham Manor police or fire departments if they need their basements pumped. “They are keeping a list of houses to respond to,” the statement said. “The time for response is unknown as emergency services are still responding to active emergencies.”

In an email to the Pelham Chamber of Commerce, Village of Pelham Trustee Russell Solomon wrote, “If you’re talking with the local businesses today to assess any damages or if they have questions (regardless of whether or not they’re in the chamber) they might have relating to the village, please let them know that they can reach out to me via email and I will work on getting them answers.” His email is Russell.Solomon@pelhamgov.com.

The Village of Pelham Manor issued the following statement at 2 p.m.:

We extremely thankful to our 1st responders, including PD, FD and DPW for their round the clock work in helping our Village during this period of extreme weather. Pelham Manor is continuing its proactive and robust response to the extreme weather and flash flooding from last night.

A couple of updates:

  • PLEASE CALL Village Hall with any needs or questions you may have regarding the storm, emergency responses, sewage, shelter needs, ect – the Office is open and fully staffed until 430pm today as well as all day tomorrow – call 914-738-8820.
  • If you are having sewage backup, please call Village Hall at 914-738-880 and they will take your information. You should also call your plumber regarding the situation.
  • Additionally, Village Hall has 2 bathrooms and all residents are welcomed to use the facilities if they need; Village Hall is open until 430pm today.
  • The Pelham Town House is open for those seeking shelter as well.
  • Several trees and power lines throughout the village are down. In addition, several streets are still flooded and closed off. Please do not attempt to access/drive down a street that is flooded and please do not touch any down wires.
  • If you need your basement pumped of water, you may call the PMPD (914-738-8820) or PMFD (914-738-8824). They are keeping a list of houses to respond to. The time for response is unknown as emergency services are still responding to active emergencies.
  • The Governor of NY has declared a state of emergency for our region, this helps open up additional emergency resources for the region and residents. Additionally the Governor directed state agencies, including the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, to take appropriate and immediate action to help respond and recover from this disaster – we will provide more information as we get it.
  • Refuse & Recycling collection remain in effect for the Village of Pelham Manor on its normal schedule – there is no service interruption.
  • As per our notification from Suez, you can drink the tap water and flush your toilets.
  • For ongoing updates and information from the Village of Pelham Manor, subscribe to Village email alerts here.
  • For real time alerts from the Village of Pelham Manor PD, subscribe to our Nixel alerts by texting “10803” to 888777
  • The Village of Pelham Manor is in constant contact and coordination with our county counterparts at the Office of Emergency Management to ensure information and emergency responses are provided to our residents.

If you need emergency services, please call 911 or 914-738-1000.

The Village of Pelham issued the following statement from Mayor Chance Mullen at 11:44 a.m.:

I hope you and your loved ones are safe after the storm last night. Flooding throughout our region was severe last night, affecting almost every neighborhood in town. Our local first responders worked through the night, responding to emergency calls. Many of the parkways in Westchester are closed at the moment, and Governor Kathy Hochul has declared a state of emergency for much of the New York City metropolitan area, including Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess, Orange and Ulster Counties.

Our DPW crews will be out all day assessing the damage and cleaning up debris. If you need water pumped from your property please email administrator@pelhamgov.com. Suez has confirmed that our water infrastructure was not damaged, so it’s fine to flush the toilet and drinking water should be safe to drink.

Recycling pickup is in effect (but delayed) for Area A today, as scheduled. For those who need to dispose of household debris damaged by flooding, please bring it to the curb. We are coordinating with Oakridge now regarding additional bulk pickups in the coming days. Additional information will be posted as updates occur.

Two-hour parking limits and overnight parking regulations in residential areas will not be enforced until Friday evening. If you need a parking accommodation due to a flooded garage, please call the Pelham Police Department.

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We will continue to provide necessary information as it becomes available.

Businesses if you have updates on your hours due to storm damage and homeowners if you have reports on damage to your house or on your street, please add them to the comments below.