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Sullivan County Manager issues flash flood warning


April 28, 2011

County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: "The National Weather Service in Binghamton issued a Flash Flood Warning for Sullivan County effective through 2:15 PM. Locations in the warning include but are not limited to Bethel, Bloomingburg, Callicoon, Grahamsville, Liberty, Livingston Manor, Loch Sheldrake, Monticello, Roscoe, and Wurtsboro in Sullivan County.

The National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated an area of excessive rainfall headed for over the warned area. Additional heavy rainfall combined with already saturated soil conditions will create areas of flash flooding across Pike, Wayne, and Sullivan Counties this morning. Heavy rainfall combined with the complex terrain of the Catskills and Poconos will create a very dangerous flooding situation this morning Flash flooding results in rapid rises on streams and creeks, and significant flooding in low lying areas.

A Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring. If you are in the warning area move to higher ground immediately. Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate precautions to protect life and property. Do not attempt to cross swiftly flowing waters or waters of unknown depth by foot or by automobile. Do not underestimate the power of flood waters. Only a few inches of rapidly flowing water can quickly carry away your vehicle.

I strongly urge any resident who lives near a stream, creek or river to be prepared and alert as this storm progresses, and to take preventative measures to protect their property through sandbags, etc. Outdoor, moveable property should be secured, and indoor property should be put up in case of flooding in the home. 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, particularly those in flood-prone areas, 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.