Dangerous Flooding Continues Across New York State

Albany, New York, USA at the New York State Capitol
Albany, New York, USA at the New York State Capitol
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State Agency Actions

 

Governor Cuomo has directed the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Office of Emergency Management and Office of Fire Prevention and Control, the Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Police, New York State Parks, and other state agencies to prepare staff, assets and stockpiles to support response efforts that may arise during the current flood watches and warnings across the state.  

 

At the Governors direction, the New York State Emergency Operations Center in Albany has been elevated to a Level 3 with additional personnel to assist with logistics, transportation and technical rescue. DHSES Commissioner Parrino has been deployed to Seneca County to provide support to local officials and to coordinate response efforts. Office of Emergency Management has been in constant communication with county emergency management officials and has conducted conference calls with the National Weather Service, state agency partners and counties that could be impacted by the severe weather. The state’s 10 regional stockpiles are prepared with 18 sandbagging machines, over 1.8 million sandbags, over 700 generators, over 1,200 pumps and various hoses, 181 light towers, 960 traffic barriers, 594 traffic barrels, over 6,700 feet of aquadam temporary damming system, over 51,000 ready to eat meals and over 425,000 bottles and cans of water. The Division’s swift water rescue team: New York Task Force-2, Urban Search and Rescue Team, boats, and high axle vehicles are deployed to the region to assist with response efforts.

 

The New York National Guard is deploying 50 service members and 10 vehicles to support local authorities in flood response efforts. Of the 50 service members, 25 soldiers from the 204th Engineer Battalion with five vehicles will stage at their armory in Binghamton and will stand by for further requests for support. In addition, 25 Airmen from the 174th Attack Wing in Syracuse will deploy forward to Ovid, Seneca County later this afternoon with five vehicles to support local response efforts there. The New York National Guard will provide an additional 150 personnel and 30 vehicles on Wednesday morning including:

  • 50 additional soldiers with 10 vehicles at Binghamton
  • 25 soldiers with five vehicles at Horseheads
  • 25 soldiers with five vehicles at Walton
  • 50 soldiers with 10 vehicles at Auburn

 

The New York State Department of Transportation is actively preparing for high water by readying equipment and staff who will conduct flood watches, monitor bridges as water rises, and respond as needed. DOT crews have been actively working to clear culverts and drainage basins to help ensure they flow freely. DOT is actively preparing for high water by readying equipment and staff who will conduct flood watches, monitor bridges as water rises, and respond as needed. DOT crews have been actively working to clear culverts and drainage basins to help ensure they flow freely. DOT has 3,519 operators and supervisors statewide and is ready to respond with 1,530 large dump trucks, 329 loaders, 85 excavators, 20 graders, 15 bucket trucks, 19 vacuum trucks with sewer jets, 6 trailer mounted sewer jets, 14 water tankers, 11 water pumps, and 4 bulldozers.  

 

New York State Thruway Authority staff are actively inspecting drainage systems and removing debris along the roadway. Additional staff are monitoring for potential flooding and are ready to assist with the deployment of equipment and resources if any flooding issues develop.  

 

State Police have deployed 30 troopers, including divers, to the command post in Seneca County, as well as three boats, two four-wheel drive Utility Task Vehicles, and an incident command vehicle. All equipment in other affected regions is staged and ready for deployment, including boats and 4×4 vehicles, and troopers remain on high alert. 

 

The Department of Environmental Conservation is deploying its staged flood control assets to impacted communities. Currently, 11 Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs), two boats, two ATVs, and one UTV have been deployed in the Southern Tier Region. In Schuyler County, DEC is closely monitoring flooding of the Montour Falls Water Resources Recovery Facility and ATVs/UTV are conducting searches of evacuated towns and villages. In Chenango County, DEC Spill Responders are responding to a reported spill in the town of Greene after a car was washed into an aqueduct.