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Looking to Repair Your Poughkeepsie Home After a Fire?

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo You can depend on our SERVPRO teams to cleanup and restore your property and personal belongings after a fire takes place.

SERVPRO Handles Fire Damage Restoration for Your Poughkeepsie Home

Poughkeepsie, New York, is a city found in the Hudson Valley, between New York City and Albany. Affectionately known as "The Queen City of the Hudson," it is a popular tourist destination, particularly for people who enjoy various outdoor activities. It is also a great place to escape from the daily grind of the city since it is just 90 minutes from Manhattan. 

Poughkeepsie, derived from the Wappinger language, U-puku-ipi-sing, has the rough meaning of "the reed-covered lodge by the little water place." This refers to a stream in the area that fed into the Hudson River. The Dutch initially settled the city in the 17th century. Shortly after the American Revolution, Poughkeepsie was one of New York's first early capitals before eventually settling in Albany. 

Present-day Poughkeepsie offers a plethora of outdoor activities including, hiking, kayaking, skeet shooting, and horseback riding. There is something for just about everybody to enjoy in the region. Many people take advantage of the vast trail system in the area. Another popular activity amongst visitors and locals is scenic drives during the fall to view the beautiful leaves showcasing the emerging season change from fall to winter.

The former railroad bridge, now called the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, is currently a pedestrian bridge. It sits at 212 feet above the Hudson, providing visitors a breathtaking view of the surrounding area. It is the world's longest pedestrian footbridge, with a total length of 6,768 feet (1.28 miles). It averages over 600,000 visitors per year. On the east bank of the former railroad bridge is Poughkeepsie and on the west bank is Highland. Interestingly, during WWII, the bridge was painted black to not be a visible target at night. 

Here are Some Important Dates in the Bridge's History:

  • 1889: The double-track railroad bridge reached completion as part of the Maybrook Railroad Line.
  • 1974: Taken out of service due to a fire, most likely from a spark from a train breaking. It was challenging to put out due to the height of the bridge and un-cleared pipes. 
  • 1979: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • 2008: Entry updated in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • 2009: Opened as a pedestrian walkway. 

SERVPRO Repairs Your Home Following a Fire

Fire damage restoration is multifaceted as each fire situation is unique, requiring different things to restore your home to pre-fire conditions. First and foremost, our technicians wish to keep your family safe while also ensuring the workers' safety. Although each situation is different, technicians handle each emergency carefully. 

Emergency Service Activities May Include:

  • If electricity was compromised, technicians establish temporary power.
  • Boarding up the structure to keep your home safe from intruders or wildlife.
  • Conducting thorough building inspections to ensure health and safety standards. 
  • Drying the structure after fire-fighting efforts. 

For 24/7 assistance with home restoration in Poughkeepsie and the surrounding areas, contact SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County at (845) 635-4550. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

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