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Northern Suburbs, Hudson Valley Still Struggling With Power, Water Outages After Sandy

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) - For those north of New York City, life is still not normal since superstorm Sandy hit on Monday.

Utility crews in the Hudson Valley continue their efforts to restore electricity service to the tens of thousands of customers still without power in the aftermath of the storm.

Most of the outages in Mid-Hudson Valley are in Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties, where more than 100,000 customers remain without power Wednesday morning. Sullivan County in southeast New York has another 32,000 outages.

"The biggest concern is to get power restored as soon as possible to make sure that the hospitals and nursing homes that are on generators have full restoration of power as soon as possible," Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino said.

The power situation is even worse on Long Island and in New York City and the northern suburbs, where more than 1.6 million customers have lost power from Monday's storm. In all, some 1.9 million utility customers in New York state have lost power because of Sandy.

Utility officials say they're still assessing the damage in many areas and have given no estimates on when they expect power to be restored.

The Rockland County Health Department has ordered boil orders for a section of customers in Piermont, Grandview and West Nyack. Customers are advised to boil their water before using it for drinking or cooking purposes.

The speicific addresses are as follows.

Route 9W: 532-785 Castle Road (Piermont)
Broadway (Piermont)
Ash Street: 49 and above
Piermont Place (ALL)
Hartz Terrace (ALL)
Crescent (ALL)
Franklin Street (ALL)
Tweed Boulevard: 185, 191, 163, 161, 157, 155, 153, 151, 240

Route 9W: 787-1158
Tweed Boulevard: 127, 125, 123, 119, 47, 49, 51
Treeline Terrace (ALL)
South Broadway: 330-458, 243-280
Ferris Lane (ALL)
Old Mountain Road (ALL)
Shady Side Avenue (ALL)
Townsend Avenue (ALL)
Wells Lane (ALL)

West Nyack:
All Jeffrey Court
All Samantha Way
All Dara Court
All Snake Hill Road
On Old Mill Road, from Strawtown Road to Branchville Road and on Strawtown Road from Demarest Avenue to Old Mill Road

All Rockland County parks remain closed, as are all Rockland County schools.

Residents who use oxygen tanks may be concerned if they do not have electricity or if they need a refill.  Those who don't have electricity should contact family and friends for help or contact the Summit Park Hospital at 364-2771.  After 5 p.m. call 364-2910 or 364-2762 and ask security to page the nursing supervisor.  Residents concerned about their supply of oxygen should contact their supplier first and then call 362-1793 or 362-1075 if they cannot get a refill.

A shelter has opened the Rockland Community College Fieldhouse on College Rd. in Suffern as a shelter for the duration of the storm.

The Town of Stony Point and the Village of Piermont have also opened the following locations as shelters:
- New ambulance building at 47 S.  Liberty Dr.,  Route 9W, Stony Point
- Piermont Fire Department at 554 Piermont Avenue, Piermont

Between Rockland and Westchester, partially treated sewage has entered the Huson River.  Therefore, people are advised not to use the Hudson River for recreational purposes until further notice.

In Westchester County, Bee-Line Bus service resumed with detours. For details on service, click here.

Astorino said that at Rye Playland, the boardwalk and pier were basically destroyed.

He said the ice casino was heavily damaged. Fish and sand were on the ice rink.

(TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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