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Help storm-damaged trees recover from Hurricane Sandy

The trail of damages after major storms such as Hurricane Sandy truly reveals the power of Mother Nature, and the remains can be devastating, especially for trees. Unprotected, trees are vulnerable to the storm's wrath, and the wounds might look fatal. However, even though major branches may be broken, foliage might be shredded, or the bark may be torn and gouged, trees have an amazing ability to recover from even the most severe cases. The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) offers some post-storm advice to help you and your trees recover from this disaster.  Read more

Wayne emergency declaration

The Wayne County Commissioners executed a Declaration of Disaster Emergency at 2:00 p.m. today to allow Wayne County Emergency Management Coordinator to coordinate the activities of the emergency response and to take all appropriate action needed to alleviate the affects of this disaster.  Read more

NYSEG: power outages could last for days

Sustained 40-mile-per-hour winds and gusts of 60 miles per hour or more from the remnants of Hurricane Sandy are likely to cause serious damage to NYSEG’s electricity delivery system, leaving some customers without power for many days. The only question now is exactly where the damage and outages will occur.

At 3:30 pm NYSEG reported 312 customers without power in Sullivan County, 61 in Ulster and 118 in Delaware.  Read more

Important notice for agriculture sector regarding Hurricane Sandy

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell Cooperative Extension urges all farmers to prepare ahead of time for power outages, structural or crop damage, insurance claims and damage that could accompany Hurricane Sandy, also dubbed “Frankenstorm” and the “Perfect Storm.” The New York State Office of Emergency Management is already warning citizens of Sandy’s approach, and New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets urges farmers to pay close attention to those warnings.  Read more

Bridges between PA & NJ remain open as of 1 pm Monday

NEW HOPE, PA – The 18 vehicular bridges owned and operated by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission between Pennsylvania and New Jersey remained open to
traffic as of 1 p.m. today.  Read more

Honesdale Borough Storm Announcements

Honesdale Borough Council conducted an emergency Council meeting at 12 noon on Monday, October 29, 2012, to discuss Hurricane Sandy and its impact on the infrastructure and residents of Honesdale Borough.  Read more

Sullivan declares state of emergency

Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: Pursuant to my authority, a State of Emergency is hereby declared at 12:00 pm, Monday, October 29, 2012 in the County of Sullivan and will continue through 12:01 am Thursday, November 1, 2012.  Read more

Power outage tips from PPL

We want you and your family to stay safe in the event of an outage. If you lose power, remember the following simple tips.
Report emergencies immediately, including downed power lines, by calling 1-800-DIAL-PPL (1-800-342-5775). When prompted, press 1 for “electrical emergency".

Check to see if your neighbors have lights, and check your breakers and fuses.  Read more

Legislator: make sure you are prepared for the worst when Sandy hits our area

Once again, District 9 and Sullivan County residents are facing another "100 year storm" as Hurricane Sandy makes its way up the East Coast.  Read more

Sullivan County Offices remain closed Tuesday

Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: The National Weather Service (NWS) in Binghamton has continued a Flood Watch effective Monday morning through Tuesday evening, and a High Wind Warning effective from 2:00 PM Monday to 5:00 PM Tuesday for Sullivan County. Hurricane Sandy will continue to move northward along the East coast, and is expected to turn westward to landfall along the New Jersey coast Monday, before entering Central Pennsylvania early Tuesday morning.  Read more

Partial list of regional closings for Monday due to Hurricane Sandy

Partial list of closings announced for Monday 10/29

Center For Discovery

Eldred Central School District

Liberty Central School District.

Monticello Central Schools

Tri-Valley Central School District

Sullivan West Central School District

Roscoe Central School District

Port Jervis City School District

Delaware Valley School District

Wayne Highlands School District

Sullivan County BOCES is closed to students and 10-month staff. Office and 12 Month staff open 7am through 11am.

Sullivan County Head Start  Read more

National Weather Service, wind warning, flood watch

HURRICANE SANDY IS EXPECTED TO BRING LIFE-THREATENING STORM SURGE FLOODING TO THE MID-ATLANTIC COAST...INCLUDING LONG ISLAND SOUND AND NEW YORK HARBOR...WINDS EXPECTED TO BE NEAR HURRICANE FORCE AT LANDFALL...  Read more

Flood tips from Ready PA

Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States, destroying thousands of homes and costing billions of dollars each year. No matter where you live, you should be prepared for a flood emergency — especially if you live near water, in a low-lying area or down-stream from a dam.  Read more

NYSEG storm tips

Weather storms more easily by preparing ahead of time. Once the
power is out, you may not be able to view our safety tips, so download a copy of our reference, Weathering Storm Emergencies (PDF), print it out, and have it handy when storms are on the horizon. In the meantime, review the safety tips below.  Read more

Hurricane preparedness

The National Weather Service offers information to help prepare for the impacts of a hurricane or severe storm at the following link: www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php

Additional information pertaining to Pennsylvania is available at www.readypa.org/

In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo has released information at this link: www.governor.ny.gov/

Latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center

Tropical SYSTEM SANDY WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE NORTHWARD OVER THE ATLANTIC THROUGH THE WEEKEND...BEFORE MAKING LANDFALL ALONG THE MID-ATLANTIC COAST EARLY THIS COMING WEEK...AND THEN TURNING INLAND.

THIS POWERFUL STORM WILL LIKELY HAVE ITS GREATEST IMPACTS ON
CENTRAL NEW YORK AND NORTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA FROM LATER MONDAY INTO WEDNESDAY. A PERIOD OF HEAVY RAINFALL CAN BE EXPECTED...WITH URBAN FLOODING PROBABLE. MAIN STEM RIVERS COULD SEE LEVELS RISE INTO THE MINOR OR MODERATE FLOOD RANGE BY MID-WEEK. HIGH WINDS COULD ALSO DOWN TREES AND POWER LINES...RESULTING IN POWER OUTAGES.  Read more

Sullivan prepares for potential impacts of Hurricane Sandy

Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: "The National Weather Service (NWS) in Binghamton has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Sullivan County. Hurricane Sandy will move north along the Eastern Seaboard over the weekend.This powerful storm may ultimately impact the Northeast with the potential for locally heavy rainfall and high winds beginning on Monday and continuing through midweek."  Read more

Gunther calls on NYCDEP to begin releases from Neversink Reservoir in response to 'Frankenstorm'

MONTICELLO, NY — Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther has called on the New York City Department of Environmental Protection to begin releases from the Neversink Reservoir in anticipation of next week’s expected storms. The Neversink Reservoir is currently at 98% capacity.

The potentially severe storms are expected to buffet the U.S. east coast during Halloween week, as Hurricane Sandy and a winter storm may combine into what forecasters are referring to as a "Frankenstorm."  Read more

Two men indicted in death of Narrowsburg woman

Two men have been indicted in the death of Catherine Novak, a Narrowsburg woman who died in a fire that officials say was deliberately set on December 13, 2008.  Read more

News Analysis: fracking in Cochecton; divisiveness is ‘heartbreaking’

Fracking is already thriving in Sullivan County. Not the same controversial natural gas extraction method that makes headlines. No, this is community fracking, the social byproduct of the hydraulic fracturing debate, pumping tension through Sullivan County communities that face the possibility of gas wells dotting their landscape.  Read more