Peekskill Herald

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Peekskill Herald

Record rainfall in Peekskill Sunday gives way to eerily quiet Monday

Train service suspended indefinitely
McGregory Brook from Central Avenue looking east on Monday morning. (Photo by Regina Clarkin)

A tumultuous Sunday evening in Peekskill marked by thunder, lightning and record rainfall gave way to an eerily quiet Monday morning, the familiar wail of train horns conspicuously absent, as Metro North and Amtrak service north of Croton Harmon was canceled indefinitely while the MTA assessed what appeared on social media to be washed out tracks south of the Cortlandt station. 

“Yesterday’s storms, with heavy rain and flash flooding, washed out tracks along the Hudson Line north of Croton-Harmon and on the Wassaic Branch. Our crews are continuing to evaluate the damage and are working to clear the tracks,” said Metro North officials. They urged customers to monitor and the TrainTime app for service updates. 


Metro North work trains moving debris from tracks north past Peekskill Monday morning. Video by @cbstriebich.

Commuters scrambled to find alternative ways to get to New York City but also faced area road closures including Bear Mountain Bridge Road (the Goat Trail) and the Bear Mountain Bridge itself. 

In Peekskill, 6.3 inches of rain fell in 24 hours on Sunday. McGregory Brook, which flows under the downtown and surfaces on Central Avenue below the police station, was moving furiously – attesting to the storm being a “once-in-1,000 year rainfall event,” according to meteorologist Craig Ceecee. 


McGregory Brook which has seen its share of flooding during major storms was moving swiftly Monday morning. Video by Regina Clarkin


Quiet Metro North station with city bulldozer on Water and Hudson clearing gravel and construction debris.  Photo by Regina Clarkin

Peekskill DPW crews were clearing gravel and debris that traveled down South Street to Water Street from the construction site at Grove and South Street. 

DPW crews working at the riverfront on a project unrelated to Sunday’s storm. (Photo by Regina Clarkin)

Surprisingly, the Peekskill riverfront had no signs of excessive flooding. City crews were working on the old boat launch area where the concrete pavement began collapsing a few weeks ago. 


About the Contributor
Regina Clarkin
Regina Clarkin, Editor and Publisher
When the Peekskill Herald weekly newspaper ceased publishing in August 2000 it was the first time in the history of the city that there wasn’t a local newspaper.  The award-winning weekly was often referred to as the ‘glue’ of the community. Founded on January 9, 1986 by Regina Clarkin, Kathy Daley and Rich Zahradnik with a $7,000 credit card line, the paper filled the void created when the daily Evening Star was sold to Gannett and moved out of town. Founding publisher Regina Clarkin continued to live in the Peekskill Cortlandt area and turned her attention to other life endeavors.  Through the ensuing 19 years, Clarkin was frequently stopped in town and asked when she would start up the Herald again. In January 2019, Clarkin decided it was less labor intensive to deliver a weekly blog than a print newspaper so she began posting one story a week about life in Peekskill. After a successful crowd funding campaign in 2020, the Herald was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in July of 2021. Peekskill Herald is a digital relative of the former print edition, featuring many of the favorite aspects of the beloved Peekskill Herald such as old pictures, personality profiles and well written stories about newsworthy events. Regina Clarkin is the editor and publisher of the site. Photo by Joe Squillante