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Yonkers Fire Department Is Prepared For Hurricane Sandy

The Yonkers Fire Department has taken precautionary measures to make sure it's ready for Hurricane Sandy.
The Yonkers Fire Department has taken precautionary measures to make sure it's ready for Hurricane Sandy. Photo Credit: Paul Bufano

YONKERS N.Y. — Yonkers firefighters are fully prepared for Hurricane Sandy's arrival in Yonkers next week, the head of their union said Friday.

“Serving residents in the fourth largest city in New York, Yonkers firefighters are trained to deal with most any emergency that could take place, and we are ready for the eventuality that a hurricane or tropical storm may create problems across the New York region in the coming days," Barry McGoey, president of Yonkers Firefighters, said in a statement.

This high level of readiness is a result of a hazardous weather outlook issued by the National Weather Service for Hurricane Sandy. The storm could bring heavy rainfall and high winds throughout New York early next week, according to the National Hurricane Center .

Yonkers firefighters need to be able respond and assist residents in all parts of Yonkers, said McGoey.

The Yonkers Fire Department battled a water main break that flooded the Saw Mill River Parkway and left about 50,000 Yonkers residents with limited or no water service in August.

“Much in the way our firefighters sprang into action and improvised in August’s state of emergency, we will be ready to take on the worst that the weather may throw at the City of Yonkers," McGoey said in a statement.

Check back with The Yonkers Daily Voice for updates on the storm track and preparations.

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