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To receive storm updates, you may sign up for NCeAlerts and New Castle Police Department Nixle alerts, and check the Town's website.
The plow operators are dispatched immediately at the beginning of a storm and stay out continually during the storm. They are responsible for clearing over 24 square miles - 101 miles of Town-owned roads!
Snowplows first clear primary and major artery streets, school streets, and streets serving emergency response facilities and heavy traffic. After those roads are clear, secondary streets are cleared and streets with moderate traffic. Lastly, all other streets, including cul-de-sacs and dead-end streets, are plowed. After a major storm, it may take two to three days for plow crews to clear all the streets.
During snow plowing operations, the snow from the street will end up in front of driveways and mailboxes. The property owner is responsible for access to his/her individual driveway or mailbox. The only way to avoid extra shoveling is to wait until the Public Works crews have done their final clean-up on the street.
Our local fire departments ask residents to clear hydrants near their homes throughout the storm (when safe to do so). It may save a life.
Yes. Homeowners and/or their snow plowers can be fined for pushing snow from a private driveway onto the public roadway. Depositing snow onto the road causes a hazard and can cause a “narrowing” of the plowed width of the road.
The Emergency Operations Center will be activated based on a number of factors such as:
To report an electric service problem, you can call 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633) or click here to report an electric service problem: Con Edison Report Outage
When you experience an electric service problem, everyone must report the outage to Con Ed. Do not assume there is no need since Con Ed may already know about the outage on your street. Con Ed prioritizes their response by the greater number of customers affected. Everyone should call.
If you see a hazardous condition, such as fallen electric wires or trees leaning against wires or poles, call New Castle Police 914-238-4422 and Con Ed at 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633). If you see a downed line, assume it is energized and stay away. Please keep children away from flooded areas after a storm, as the water could be hiding an energized line.
If the odor is strong, leave immediately and take others with you. If you are outside, leave the area immediately. Find a phone away from the area and call New Castle Police 914-238-4422 or 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633)
To report blocked roads, call New Castle Police: 914-238-4422
hen these storms hit the New Castle Police Department gets very busy. Their officers work under extremely dangerous conditions. They do not monitor Facebook.
Click here to check the status on-line: Con Edison Outage
For Nixle text alerts, just text your zip code to 888777.
For Nixle email (& text) alerts, visit Register for Nixle
For codeRED notifications: Register for codeRED
To report a water emergency call the Millwood Water Treatment Plant: 914-944-0036 / 914-944-0037
Yes, both Cod Ed & NCeAlerts have mobile apps available for Android & iPhone
Con Ed: Con Ed Mobile App
NCeAlerts mobile app: NCeAlerts Mobile App
Have supplies on hand, in case the power goes out. Include a flashlight and extra batteries; portable, battery-operated radio and extra batteries; a first aid kit; a one-week supply of food (include items that do not require refrigeration or cooking in case the power is shut off); a manual can opener; one-week supply of essential prescription medications; extra blankets and sleeping bags.
Develop an emergency communication plan in case family members are separated from one another during a winter storm (a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children are at school) and have a plan for getting back together.
Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the family contact because after a disaster, it’s often easier to call long distance. Make sure everyone knows the name, address and phone number of the contact person.
Con Ed has the rights to cut trees and branches on their easement. The Town of New Castle has the right to cut trees and branches on town property. Homeowners also have an obligation to maintain trees on their property. Regular pruning and trimming will keep the trees from becoming too top-heavy and prone to falling. Dead and dying trees need to be removed.
If you see a hazardous, dying tree at the edge of your property that could fall on power lines, please Email Con Edison to have the tree assessed and potentially removed – for free! If possible, Con Edison asks residents to send photos. All residents should take advantage of this – let’s hold Con Edison accountable for cleaning up storm hardening!