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Dutchess County Coordinating Resources for Residents Impacted by Isaias
Including Central Hudson Dry Ice Distribution

Published: 8/6/2020

For More Information Contact:

Colleen Pillus, (845) 486-2000

Poughkeepsie… Restoration efforts continue following Tropical Storm Isaias, with Dutchess County Government’s Emergency Operations Center providing assistance and resources throughout the county, including facilitating dry ice availability, which has been in short supply, in coordination with Central Hudson.

With thousands of residents still without power and summer heat making it challenging to keep food supplies cold, dry ice is in high demand.  With assistance from Town of East Fishkill Supervisor Nick D'Alessandro and Councilman Anil Beephan, County Executive Marc Molinaro had the County’s Emergency Response and Public Works departments connect Central Hudson with a Kingston area dry ice supplier and secure the vendor’s remaining inventory from Albany. Central Hudson will be distributing the 1,500 pounds of dry ice, along with regular ice and bottled water, this evening at the following locations:

  • Poughkeepsie Home Depot, 3470 North Rd., Poughkeepsie 
  • Newburgh Armory 321 S. William St., Newburgh 
  • East Fishkill Town Hall, 330 Route 376, Hopewell Junction

County Executive Molinaro said, “This storm has left a tremendous amount of damage in its wake and we continue to work together to recover as fast as possible, but complications such as a dry ice shortage only make the process more urgent and stressful. We are working together with our local municipal partners and the area utilities to ensure residents needs are met. This is a great example of the collaborative response effort underway – East Fishkill Supervisor Nick D’Alessandro was able to provide a resource opportunity and the County made the connection with Central Hudson – ensuring solutions to meet critical needs.”

“We would like to thank our partners in Dutchess County government in helping us to secure this dry ice for our customers,” said Ryan Hawthorne, Assistant Vice President of Electric Operations and Engineering. “We are very fortunate in securing this needed supply, as the nationwide shortage combined with the urgent need by communities affected by Tropical Storm Isaias, has severely limited shipments by producers. Central Hudson is happy to provide this dry ice to our customers impacted by the storm.” 

Dutchess County Government has been working collaboratively with both Central Hudson and NYSEG, along with municipal partners to help support residents during storm recovery efforts:

  • Dutchess County Public Works highway crews have continued to clear roadways of storm debris, in coordination with utility crews, to help facilitate power restoration efforts; 
  • Dutchess County Emergency Response was able to assist the Town of Stanford in providing bottled water to town residents; with Dutchess County Public Works delivering pallets of water, yesterday; 
  • Dutchess County Emergency Response has secured a large supply of bottled water from New York State to ensure availability for residents; 
  • Emergency Response has been coordinating with both Central Hudson and NYSEG to provide temporary power for residents still without power to operate critical medical equipment; and 
  • Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office has been performing wellness checks on senior or disabled residents living alone who are still without power.

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