Coxsackie village recovering from storm damage
The village of Coxsackie lifted its State of Emergency at 8:30 p.m. July 8, 24 hours after a major storm blew through, according to a post on the village Facebook page. Five roads remained blocked at that time due to tree removal and Central Hudson's work restoring power. Access to the eastern part of the village, where much of the storm damage is located, is restricted to residents only. Hazardous conditions include hanging wires and unstable trees or limbs. As of Thursday afternoon crews from five surrounding towns and Greene County, using chipper machines and equipment, assisted in the recovery effort. Coxsackie Mayor Mark Evans said, "The goal right now is to make roads passable." Central Hudson estimated that a majority of the village would have power returned by late Thursday night. Evans reported that the National Weather Service toured the village Thursday, and determined the devastation was caused by a straight-line wind event, not a tornado. The National Weather Service estimated winds neared 100 mph, according to Evans. And because of all the rain, there were 264,000 gallons of untreated sewage released into the Hudson River in Coxsackie on July 8. Storms also downed trees in Stuyvesant and Kinderhook on July 7, and on July 9 the remnants of Hurricane Elsa are expected to pass through the area. News10 [dot] com is reporting that residents in need of food or supplies can call Coxsackie Police Department at (518)-731-8122, (518) 731-8121 or the Village Hall at (518)-731-2718. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the entire Hudson Valley, and Coxsackie could receive between 1.5 and three inches of rain by Friday afternoon. "With this continued bad weather it just further complicates the repairs and clean up," Evans wrote.