Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro has declared a State of Emergency and issued an emergency order restricting travel in the southern area of Dutchess County, including the City of Beacon, Town and Village of Fishkill, Town of Wappinger and Village of Wappingers Falls.
The order, made in consultation with the Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response, Department of Public Works and the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, is due to the severe storm and high winds that have resulted in hazardous impacts from downed trees and wires making roads, impassable and creating safety hazards. The emergency order restricts travel on all roadways in those areas until further notice.
Molinaro said, “Conditions are extremely hazardous in certain areas, particularly the southern Dutchess area. Emergency crews are out in force addressing situations as quickly as possible, but it is important that non-essential traffic stays off the road in these areas.”
The emergency order states: “Travel on roadways in Dutchess County is restricted except for: medical and health facility personnel, law enforcement and public safety personnel, first responders, utility, maintenance and public works personnel, clearing operations personnel, facility operations persons deemed necessary for plant operations by their employers and public and government personnel involved in the emergency operations.”
The state of emergency is issued pursuant to Section 24 of New York State Executive Law. It is enforceable by local, county and state law enforcement agencies.
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