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December 06, 2016
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Sullivan County Offices remain closed Tuesday

The following have made public announcements closing on Monday, October 29th: School Districts: Eldred, Liberty, Monticello, Roscoe, Tri-Valley, and St. Peter’s Regional. Towns: Fallsburg and Thompson. The Sullivan County Public Health Flu Clinic in the Town of Tusten has been canceled for Monday, and the Town of Bethel bas been canceled for Tuesday.

The Agriculture Advisory Board meeting for Monday has been canceled. The Sullivan County Commissioner of Jurors has canceled reporting requirements for Monday, October 29th.

Jurors should call on Monday for further instructions. All County Transportation services for Monday are canceled, and senior nutrition sites will be closed.

Most of the pre-storm infrastructure work is related to drainage structures. In preparation for a heavy rain event, the Division clears pipes and catch basins of any accumulated debris. This enables the drainage structures to convey their full hydraulic capacity. In addition, attention is given to pipe outlets to make sure they are free of obstructions; ensuring water can be conveyed away from the structure. As time allows, ditches are cleaned and shoulders trimmed to allow storm water to freely drain from the highway surface. (This is usually handled as part of our routine maintenance/preventative measures above.)

DPW crews have attended to the areas that are usually prone to flooding on Friday and throughout this weekend. Public Safety and Public Works Personnel will be called in as needed to address preparation for the storm and storm impacts over the weekend and throughout the storm event.

Sullivan County has received the cooperation of State officials, and resources will be made available as needed through the Department of Transportation. The Department of Environmental Conservation has also assisted with the issuing of necessary permits to permit preventative pre-storm work to be performed in certain areas.

Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely, move to higher ground. Even after the rain has ended over an area, runoff will continue flooding of small streams.

I strongly encourage residents to sign up for NY Alert by visiting the website or if they do not have internet capability they may call 1-888-697-6972 and register their phone number(s) to receive priority messages. The NY Alert system will be a primary notification to residents of imminent flooding or other emergency instructions associated with this storm.