Since the great Croton Harmon train station parking lot flood of January 2006 (see: “Flood Waters Swamp Cars Again in Croton Harmon Commuter Parking Lot”), several new procedures have been implemented to warn commuters of impending high waters.
In fact, on Thursday, August 31, 2006, in anticipation of a confluence of stormy weather from Tropical Storm Eduardo and a lunar high tide, Village of Croton-on-Hudson staff placed white flyers on the windshields of parked cars to notify commuters that lot sections G and H would be closed for the next two days. The flyers explained why the sections would be closed, where alternate parking is permitted, and posted the times that shuttle bus service would be available for commuters to and from the temporary offsite parking areas.
In an effort to further amplify their alert, the village posted the notice on their website and utilized a new email notification system in conjunction with the flyer distribution on commuter’s vehicles. And on Friday, the day after alerting parking lot customer of their plan to close two sections of the parking lot, the outlined sections were indeed cordoned off with broad yellow ribbon tape.
For more information on Tropical Storm Ernesto, visit the National Hurricane Center. To learn how to purchase a Croton Harmon parking permit, get daily parking rates or sign up for email alerts, go to the “village parking” village website.