Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene

Associated Press

NEW YORK — As Hurricane Irene races up the East Coast, Westchester County communities near the water are making preparations, from clearing storm drains to readying emergency equipment.

In Mamaroneck village, residents in low-lying and flood-prone areas are being encouraged to move their vehicles to higher ground so long they don’t block driveways and fire hydrants.

The Journal News (http://bit.ly/noj5Yr ) says no evacuations have been ordered but residents are advised to be ready to leave if necessary. They’ll be able to take refuge at a temporary shelter that will be set up at Mamaroneck High School.

In nearby Mount Vernon, crews are clearing storm drains to reduce flooding, especially along the Hutchinson River.

And in Yonkers, police and fire officials prepared equipment for emergencies, including generators and boats.

—Copyright 2011 Associated Press

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