Thousands of people in Newburgh and surrounding areas are still without power after the National Weather Service confirmed a Tornado touched down in the city Tuesday. But community members are rising up to take care of each other.
Restaurants on Liberty Street, where roofs were blown off of buildings, donated food to an impromptu community cookout that began on Wednesday night and lasted through Thursday. Free breakfast, lunch and dinner was available to anyone who needed a meal.
Community members also donated food so that it could be used instead of spoiling because of lack of power.
Residents say that this type of collaboration and resilience is a daily occurrence in Newburgh, even without severe weather.
"It’s not about money, it’s about helping people," said Newburgh resident Jerry Lee Chaney Pipper, who was serving food at the cookout. "It’s really about the community coming together. It also lets the kids know when they get older they remember that when power was out the community really came together."
Thursday evening, the community will also remember 11-year-old Gina Garzon, who was killed after a tree fell on her family's car during the storm in a vigil at St. Patrick's Church in Newburgh.
Central Hudson says power may not be restored until Sunday for those in Newburgh, but Thursday evening street lights could be seen on Liberty Street.
The company is distributing dry ice and bottled water at a handful of locations while supplies last:
Ulster County: Wallkill Fire House
Orange County: Middle Hope Fire House in Newburgh, Newburgh Armory, and Cornwall Town Hall
Dutchess County: East Fishkill Town Hall, Fishkill Town Hall, and the Chelsea Fire House in the town of Wappinger
Putnam County: Phillipstown Recreation Center in Garrison