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Fanslau issues Sullivan County storm update


August 29, 2011

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.

There are twenty-three roads that have water damage, four of which are very serious (CR 19, Claryville; CR 55, Mountaindale; CR 153, Sundown; CR 163, Yankee Lake) , and DPW crews will be concentrating on the most serious today.

The DPW Engineering staff has four crews that are in the field this morning to evaluate damage & to prepare estimates for possible FEMA declaration.

The County's 911 Emergency telephone system is fully restored and operational. However, we request that residents call 211 for general updates and information, and only utilize 911 for true emergency calls.

The Sullivan County Government Center is fully operational today, and all County offices are open for normal business hours.

NYSEG and Orange & Rockland utilities have crews throughout the County restoring power to those customers that are out of power. There may also be times that power is disrupted intermittently to permit repair to downed wires elsewhere.

Sullivan County officials will be remain in contact with all towns, village and fire departments during the clean up process, to ensure all damage is assessed, and that Sullivan County will be prepared to submit claims for any FEMA or SEMO aid associated with Hurricane Irene.

Finally, I want to thank all of our volunteer emergency responders that left their families over the weekend to assist those in need. And, our Division of Public Works employees responded to the needs during the State of Emergency, and I thank them as well for their professional efforts and attention to our needs.

The Neversink River continues to be under a flood warning, and there are areas that are flooded from the Neversink. Should flooding continue in Sullivan County, residents and visitors are urged to visit the County website, www.co.sullivan.ny.us, for current news and information."