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Sullivan County manager issues a flood watch effective from Wednesday evening through Thursday morning

January 30, 2013

Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: “The National Weather Service in Binghamton has issued a Flood Watch for Sullivan County that is effective from Wednesday evening through Thursday morning.

Heavy rain and mild air are headed for the region. A strong storm system is developing over the center of the country and will push mild air and rain into the region on Wednesday. Some of the rain will be heavy Wednesday evening. This rain, in combination with melting snow, could cause flooding of small streams and minor flooding of the rivers in the region.

Heavy rain and snow melt Wednesday evening will cause rises in area streams and rivers. The greatest risk for flooding will be along small streams as heavy rain over a short period could cause rapid rises. Main stem rivers will also rise but only minor flooding is expected at this time.

A flood watch means there is the potential for flooding on small streams, creeks, poor drainage and low-lying areas based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living, working, or driving in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

I strongly urge our county residents to take preventative measures to protect their property. Outdoor, moveable property should be secured. Furthermore, in case of emergency, all residents in these areas should make preparations to vacate their home if conditions warrant, and are strongly urged to comply with any and all reasonable requests from law enforcement or emergency responders during an emergency.

County residents are also urged to have enough flashlights and extra batteries, canned goods and bottled water for 48 hours, in case of power outage or emergency. Residents are encouraged to make arrangements to check on elderly neighbors, and arrange for pets to be housed either inside, or with proper shelter.”