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Village of Pelham Recovers After Irene's Wrath

PELHAM, N.Y. – The Village of Pelham worked Monday to remove downed trees and reopen roads affected by Tropical Storm Irene this weekend. Some residents are still without power and some roads are still closed.

Pelham Police Chief Joseph Benefico said that the 100 block of Loring Avenue, the 200 block of Elderwood Avenue, the 300 block of Pelhamdale Avenue, and the 100 block of Corlies Avenue were closed as of 2 p.m. due to downed trees.

Con Edison worked to remove the trees throughout the day and Benefico said he was hopeful that the company would have some of the trees out of the way and be able to reconnect power lines in those areas by the end of the day.

Benefico said that "most of the village is somewhat back to normal," and reported no injuries to any Pelham citizens.

Village Administrator Robert Yamuder said that localized flooding has subsided. He said Con Edison reported 26 individual people in the Village of Pelham lost power because of Irene.

Yamuder said the storm "wasn't widespread like it could have been."

The administrator said that the village would remove the fallen trees as soon as possible once Con Edison shuts off the electricity on the downed power lines.

The village removes all street trees, but trees owned by homeowners must be removed by the individual. Yamuder said the village will move homeowners' trees to make the road passable for emergency vehicles.

"(The cleanup) could take a few days, but we're over the hump," Yamuder said.

Check our Hurricane Irene page for all our coverage of the storm and its aftermath.

How have you started getting back to normal after the hurricane? Did you lose power? Has it been restored? Comment below, on our Facebook page or on Twitter @DailyPelham .

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