October 25, 2012 —
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."
“In recent years and months, Sullivan County has been too hard hit by storms and flooding,” said Assemblywoman Gunther. “We are currently in a situation where we can be proactive and prevent injury to people and property.”
Assemblywoman Gunther implored officials from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection to begin releases immediately during a call on the morning of October 25 and was told that they would begin that afternoon. DEP is initiating the process for the five-way agreement to continue to do releases.
“I am encouraged by the DEP’s response to the situation,” said Assemblywoman Gunther. “Rest assured, I will keep on top of them to make sure that every effort is made to prevent disaster.”
Assemblywoman Gunther also encouraged her constituents to begin to prepare for the storm. “Every precaution should be made to ensure health and safety, and my office is available to help in any way possible."