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Mt. Kisco, New Castle Prepare for Sandy

Officials getting ready for third major storm in 14 months.

It's déjà vu for Churchill's owner Daniele Churchill. Anticipating Hurricane Sandy, the Mount Kisco store owner has been preparing with sand bags, wrapping items in plastic and keeping merchandise off of the floor.

"Just what I did for Hurricane Irene," she said.

When Irene hit the area 14 months ago, Churchill experienced severe damage at her store, including to her wooden floor, molding dry wall and cabinetry.

With the exception of her floor - it's now decorated concrete - Churchill anticipates damage to other areas that were hit last time.

"There's no way you can [protect those items]," she explained.

Mount Kisco Village Manager James Palmer cited a litany of measures being taken for preparation. They include coordination with emergency preparedness officials, including with Con Edison and Westchester County, a planned meeting with police, generator testing and village vehicles being fueled.

Residents of the village's low-lying areas were advised to evacuate, Palmer explained. The Boys & Girls Club is being prepared for use as a shelter.

Mount Kisco also has a detailed preparedness primer on its website.

New Castle Police, meanwhile, are urging the public to do what they can to help lessen the workload for town employees. This includes checking catch basins and storm drains in neighborhoods and checking to see if there are clogging leaves.

Both the Chappaqua and Bedford school districts have announced total school closures for Monday and Tuesday.

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