Updated 10/30/2012 07:25 PM
Orange County cleaning up after Sandy
Orange County residents begin cleaning up after Sandy swept through the region. Our Christian Farrell joined us from Middletown with the latest on recovery efforts.
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ORANGE COUNTY, N.Y. -- Tuesday morning, it was time to clean up in the City of Middletown. Here, Sandy left a trail of trees on the ground, electrical wires in shambles and an awful lot of people without power.
"Right now, it's relax. Do nothing and wait for the electric,” one person said.
Next door, Hamel Ghany says he's been advised not to use his chainsaw just yet to clean up the mess on his Highland Avenue front lawn.
"It's just be patient. And everything will be fine," he said.
A day after Sandy, nearly 90,000 Orange County residents remain without power. Bad for many, but not so bad for Peak Power Systems in Middletown, where generator sales are surging.
"We sold out of 250 portables. We sold about 20 of the automatic home standbys. And we have about another 150 coming tomorrow about noon time," said Perry Pistone of Peak Power Systems.
In Goshen, the demand was for some dry ice. Hundreds showed up at the county government center to receive a couple of free bags from an Orange and Rockland Utilities distribution point.
"I got my cooler and my daughter, her power is out too. She lives up in Otisville. So we're hoping to get some dry ice to throw in the freezers, so we can at least save the food because to O and R's website it's going to take at least 10 days to get the power back," Chester resident Pat Barry said.
Over at the county's emergency operations center the aftermath of Sandy continues to be monitored. As of now, county officials say thankfully, there are no serious injuries or fatalities to report.
"We want always people's safety and security as our number one issue. And we were successful in the least in making that happen," said Orange County Executive Ed Diana.
Diana says as soon as he deems the situation in Orange County under control, he will dispatch equipment and personnel to other hard hit areas such as New York City, Long Island and in New Jersey to aid in their recovery.