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Sullivan prepares for potential impacts of Hurricane Sandy


October 26, 2012

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."

Significant uncertainty exists with the track of this system.
Sullivan County officials will continue to closely follow forecasts from the NWS and the National Hurricane Center. This storm could potentially be a "historic event" with winds and water.

Fanslau held a meeting at 8:00 AM Friday morning with Public Safety and Public Works management personnel to implement thje county flood procedure, preparation, and response protocol that was established in 2009, as a result of the work of a task force, which addresses four main areas: infrastructure, equipment, materials, and personnel.

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.)

The Director of Purchasing has been requested to prepare for potential emergency procurement of any needed materials such as mass rock and surge stone from local vendors.

The Division of Public Works has staged various equipment throughout the county to enable a more rapid response should flooding occur.

DPW crews are attending to the areas that are usually prone to flooding. 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.

Yesterday, Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther hosted a meeting for County and local officials with State Emergency Management, Transportation Department, and Environmental Conservation Department officials. The State officials offered assistance with preparations concerning permits, equipment, and other resources.