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Pelham Streets Start to Reopen After Irene Damage

PELHAM, N.Y. – Three of the four streets Pelham Police Chief Joseph Benefico said were closed yesterday have reopened to traffic, but Pelhamdale Avenue remains a problem and some people in the village are still without power.

The 300 block of Pelhamdale is still closed with downed power poles and trees in the middle of the street. Benefico said the power lines on Pelhamdale Avenue are 13,000 volt feeder cables that provide power for areas as far away as New Rochelle.

"There (are) bigger issues on Pelhamdale," Benefico said. "Con Ed has people posted out there so people don't go wandering down (the street)."

Benefico said Con Edison must have a backup system in place before the workers shut down the lines on Pelhamdale Avenue. The company told Benefico it is waiting for crews to come in from out of state to help out because Con Edison's workers are spread thin.

The chief said he hopes those crews will start arriving Wednesday.

The Sixth Avenue and Sixth Street area and the 500 block of Second Avenue into Willow Avenue are also experiencing sporadic power outages, according to a notice on the Village of Pelham website.

Benefico said power on Eighth Avenue, which had a special needs case, has been restored.

The 100 block of Corlies Avenue is now clear for traffic, as is the 100 block of Loring Avenue and the 200 block of Elderwood Avenue, though a downed tree still remains smashed through a fence on the corner of Elderwood Avenue and East Second Street.

Check back for more updates as they become available.

Did your street close because of the damage from Hurricane Irene? Are you still without power? Comment below, on our Facebook page or on Twitter @DailyPelham .

Contact Pelham reporter Andrew Meola at ameola@thedailypelham.com.

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