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Hurricane Irene updates: August 31 1:33 pm

A tree across Route 97 by the entrance to Skinners Cam Ground stymies a truck pulling a camper.


Wednesday
Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau announced that the Sullivan County Community College will open the Paul Gerry Field House locker rooms shower facilities to county residents that remain without power on Thursday, September 1st, and Friday, September 2nd.
http://www.riverreporteronline.com/news/14/2011/08/31/college-offer-show...

Tuesday 1:00 pm
According to early estimates of storm damage in Wayne County, there was not enough damage to warrant federal assistance from FEMA. “The cut-off amount is $16 million,” said Brian Smith, chairman of the Wayne County Commissioners. “We still have not heard from the townships yet so that figure may change,” he said. Township personnel were out and about assessing the damage and working on recovery, he said.

Tuesday 10:25 am
Benjamin M. Lawsky, Superintendent of the Department of Financial Services, today warned New Yorkers to protect themselves from home repair and other scam artists, who will try to take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners who suffered property damage from Hurricane Irene.
http://www.riverreporteronline.com/news/14/2011/08/30/new-york-state-ins...

Tuesday 10:00 am
From PPL
Widespread power outtages persist, though PPL has restored service to 230,000 customers in Pennsylvania so far.
Wayne County has 9225, customers without power, Pike County has 8803 without power.
PPL projects that most service will be restored to customers within three to five days.
Customers without power who have not yet reported their outages are asked to call 1-800-DIAL-PPL (1-800-342-5775) or online at www.pplelectric.com/outage.

Tuesday 9:50 am
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo: "The days following a natural disaster can be confusing and stressful, but it is important for those who have suffered property damage to file an insurance claim as quickly as possible to help protect their financial future."
http://www.riverreporteronline.com/news/14/2011/08/30/governor-cuomo-imm...

Monday 9:50 am
County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: "Sullivan County is in the process of cleaning up roads and bridges, and assessing damage. There are at least four bridges with potentially serious damage. There are thirteen roads with trees down, and seven with wires involved that County DPW is coordinating with NYSEG crews to address. There are three roads that just need clean-up.

Sunday 6:45 pm
Monticello, NY - Sullivan County Manager David P. Fanslau has removed restrictions on travel in Sullivan, with precautions, and the Declaration of a State of Emergency for Sullivan County will be rescinded effective at 5:00 AM on Monday, August 29, 2011. The County of Sullivan is continuing communications with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service to monitor any continuing impacts from Hurricane Irene.

Sunday 5:20 pm
County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: "A number of counties across New York are experiencing telephone service outages as a result of the impacts from Hurricane Irene. The Sullivan County 911 Emergency dispatch center and the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office are experiencing intermittent telephone service disruptions. The Sullivan County 911 dispatchers have arranged for personnel to staff the local Fire Departments throughout Sullivan County, until Verizon is able to fully restore the emergency telephone system. Verizon has identified the problem, and they have dispatched crews to address the problem.

Residents are encouraged to go to their local Fire Department if they are in need of emergency services, and appropriate assets will be dispatched to their need. The Fire Departments will remain staffed until Verizon has fully restored the emergency telephone system.

Sunday 1:45
From Sullivan County manager David Fanslau: The Town of Fallsburg has evacuated Foxcroft Village and the nearby campgrounds, as a precaution, due to the spillover of the Neversink Dam. The Town of Callicoon has evacuated some residents in flooded areas. The Town of Mamakating has evacuated the Spring Glen mobile home park.

Sunday 12:45
According to PennDot: In Pike County, Route 2001(Bushkill Falls Rd) is closed in both directions between the intersections of Route 739 to the intersections of Seventh St in Milford. Due to flooding.

Route 2004 (Silver Lake Rd) is closed in both directions between the intersections of Brookside Rd in Delaware to the intersection of Doolan Rd in Delaware. Due to flooding.

In Sullivan Route 52 is reportedly closed between Jeffersonville and Youngsville.

Sunday 11:45 am
PPL Electric Utilitiesreports power outages caused by Hurricane Irene damage in nearly every county of its 29-county service territory and more than 200,000 customers affected across its system in central and eastern Pennsylvania. More than 9,600 are without power in Wayne County and more than 2,500 are without power in Pike County.
http://www.riverreporteronline.com/news/14/2011/08/28/thousands-without-...

Sunday 10:00 am
The Town of Callicoon is advising that flooding is occuring or imminent. Resdients in low lying areas and areas prone to flooding should now evacuate their homes and seek shelter on higher ground. The fire departments ask for your cooperation to evacuate early as fire personnel will not be able to rescue residents once flooding occurs. The Jeffersonville Ambulance Building and Town of Callicoon Highway Depts are open if you need somewhere to go.

Sunday 9:50 am
Thousands of NYSEG customers are without power in Sullivan County because of downed power lines. Towns that were hard hit include Thompson, Fallsburg, Liberty, Tusten. To report an outage call 800.572.1131.
There is wide-spread flash flooding in the region, with many roads impassable. State Route 17 is closed in both directions between Exits 106 and 105, due to flooding.

County Manager David P. Fanslau said: "At this time travel is restricted, and I am advising all Sullivan County residents to remain off the roadways, unless it is absolutely an emergency and travel is necessary. Only emergency responders and those authorized to assist with the storm should be on the roadways."

Sunday 7:10 am
The Town of Rockland is experiencing flooding and power outages. A voluntary evacuation has commenced in the low-lying areas. Shelters are now open in Roscoe at the Roscoe School, and the Presbyterian Church in Livingston Manor. Local Fire Departments are assisting and local and County DPW is addressing downed trees to clear roadways.
http://www.riverreporteronline.com/news/14/2011/08/28/town-rockland-has-...

Saturday 8:40 pm
Sullivan County Emergency Management has issued a statement that says Livingston Manor residents should be prepared for flooding conditions and relocation ahead of the storm if necessary. The Livingston Manor Fire Department is urging residents in low lying areas and areas prone to flooding to monitor weather and stream conditions overnight as record rainfall amounts are predicted.
http://www.riverreporteronline.com/news/14/2011/08/27/livingston-manor-r...

Saturday 5:10 PM
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE UPGRADES FROM WIND WATCH TO WIND WARNING FOR THE REGION INCLUDING WAYNE PIKE AND SULLIVAN COUNTY FROM 6:00 SUNDAY THROUGH 8:00 PM. A HIGH WIND WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WINDS OF 40 MPH ARE EXPECTED FOR AT LEAST AN HOUR...WITH FREQUENT GUSTS OF 50 MPH OR GREATER. DAMAGE TO TREES...POWER LINES...AND PROPERTY IS POSSIBLE WITH WINDS OF THIS MAGNITUDE. BE PREPARED FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF TREES BLOCKING ROADS AND WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES.
http://www.riverreporteronline.com/news/14/2011/08/27/high-wind-warning-...

Saturday 3:30 pm
The Callicoon Farmers Market set for Sunday canceled. However, if weather permits some vendors may be selling from their trucks.

Saturday 8:45 am
FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH LATE SUNDAY NIGHT...
HURRICANE IRENE WILL MOVE UP THE EAST COAST SPREADING HEAVY RAIN ACROSS PORTIONS OF CENTRAL NEW YORK AND NORTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA. TONIGHT AND SUNDAY. THE GREATEST RAINFALL AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED OVER THE CATSKILLS AND POCONOS...WHERE STORM TOTALS MAY REACH 4 TO 7 INCHES. FURTHER TO THE WEST NEAR AND ALONG THE I-81 CORRIDOR...RAINFALL AMOUNTS AVERAGING 2 TO 4 INCHES ARE FORECAST. http://www.riverreporteronline.com/news/14/2011/08/27/national-weather-s...

Saturday 8:30 am
The Sunday, August 28 matinee at 3 PM of Ain’t Misbehavin’ is cancelled due to Hurricane Irene.

Friday 6:30 pm
Sullivan County Manager David P. Fanslau declared a state of emergency in Sullivan County effective 12:01 am, Sunday, August 28, 2011 and to continue through 5:00 pm, Monday, August 29, 2011. A state of emergency is issued under Article 2B of New York State Executive Law. The County of Sullivan is communicating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service to discuss the potential track of the storm.
http://www.riverreporteronline.com/news/14/2011/08/26/sullivan-county-ma...

6:24 pm
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal aid has been made available to New York to supplement the state and local response efforts in the area due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Irene beginning on August 25, 2011, and continuing.
http://www.riverreporteronline.com/news/14/2011/08/26/president-declares...

3:20 pm
Mandatory Evacuation Issued for NYC Coastal Areas
Due to the approach of Hurricane Irene, the City has issued a mandatory evacuation order for New Yorkers who live in the low-lying Zone “A” coastal areas in all five boroughs. This includes all parts of the Rockaways due to its exposure to the ocean. People should be out of these areas by 5PM on Saturday.
http://www.riverreporteronline.com/news/14/2011/08/26/mandatory-evacuati...

2:01 pm Friday
The National Weather Service (NWS) projects that there is a 40% chance of of tropical storm force winds, sustained winds up to 39 mph, will hit the Upper Delaware Valley by Sunday. Additionally, NWS predicts that there may be as much as five inches of rain between Saturday night and Sunday night in the region.
http://www.riverreporteronline.com/news/14/2011/08/26/national-weather-s...

1:40 pm Friday
Governor Tom Corbett declared a statewide disaster emergency to enable state, county and municipal governments to respond effectively to the impact of Hurricane Irene, a massive storm expected to impact much of the eastern half of the state.
The proclamation authorizes state agencies to use all available resources and personnel as necessary to cope with this emergency situation.

1:25 pm Friday
PPL brings crews in from Kentucky
About 150 employees and contractors from PPL’s utility operations in Kentucky are traveling to Pennsylvania today (8/26) to help with weekend storm cleanup. This marks the first time Kentucky employees have provided mutual assistance in Pennsylvania since PPL Corporation acquired Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities last year.
http://www.riverreporteronline.com/news/14/2011/08/26/ppl-brings-crew-ke...

12:59 pm Friday
Deerpark supervisor declares state of emergency, asks for voluntary evacuations: "I, KARL A. BRABENEC, SUPERVISOR, of the TOWN OF DEERPARK, pursuant to Article 2-B, Section 24 of the New York State Executive Law, hereby certify as follows:
http://www.riverreporteronline.com/news/14/2011/08/26/deerpark-state-eme...

12:40 pm Friday
With the threat of Hurricane Irene this weekend, Sullivan County Manager David P. Fanslau urges Sullivan County residents to take precautions and prepare for this hurricane coastal storm. County Manager Fanslau issued the following statement: The National Weather Service issued a statement that noted, “Impacts from Hurricane Irene are likely from Saturday night into Sunday night. Heavy rain causing flooding and strong winds will likely begin as early as Saturday night
http://www.riverreporteronline.com/news/14/2011/08/26/sullivan-residents...

11:00 am Friday
The New York Pops concert scheduled for Sunday, August 28 has been cancelled. Ticket holders will receive automatic refunds on their credit cards. Cash purchasers need to return tickets to point-of-purchase for refunds or call Ticketmaster customer service at 800-653-8000.

The Wine Festival at Bethel Woods scheduled for Sunday, August 28 has been postponed to Saturday, October 1. All current Wine Festival ticket holders are asked to keep their tickets which will be honored on the new date of October 1. Tickets are still available for purchase in advance or can be purchased at the door.

The Museum at Bethel Woods will also be closed on August 28.

The Bethel School Open House scheduled for Sunday 1-4 pm has been cancelled due to the anticipated inclement weather. Next summer's open house dates and special presentations will be announced in the spring.

The Blooming Grove Fire Departmment has cancelled the pancake breakfast scheduled for Sunday.

Hortonville Fire Department has cancelled the Annual Field Day Scheduled for Sunday.

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