Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the strategic deployment of assets throughout the state as heavy rain and flash flooding are forecast for areas of the Southern Tier, Central New York, Mohawk Valley, Capital Region and Mid-Hudson Valley.
As part of New York’s ongoing support to states impacted by Hurricane Florence, the New York National Guard continues to support missions to states hardest hit.
“As remnants of Hurricane Florence move into the state today and into tomorrow, heavy rain and the potential for flash flooding are expected, especially in areas impacted by flooding from storms last month,state assets stand ready to assist as needed, but I urge all New Yorkers to remain vigilant, monitor local forecasts, and plan accordingly to help ensure you and your families are safe ahead of the storm.” – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
At the Governor’s direction, The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Office of Emergency Management will activate tonight to monitor the impacts of the storm as it moves through the state.
Assets being staged in Oneonta and Binghamton will be coming from other regions, while assets in Cairo will be utilized from existing resources within the Capital Region.
Existing regional assets are as follows:
- Southern Tier/Binghamton area: seven tractor trailers, 11 wheeled and tracked excavators, two graders, two vacuum trucks with sewer jets, 157 large dump trucks, 37 large loaders, two tree crew bucket trucks, nine chippers and 10 traffic signal trucks.
If traveling during heavy rain, please drive with care and keep these safety tips in mind:
- DO NOT attempt to drive over a flooded road. Turn around and go another way.
- DO NOT underestimate the destructive power of fast-moving water. Two feet of fast-moving flood water will float your car. Water moving at two miles per hour can sweep cars off a road or bridge.
- Leave early to avoid being marooned on flooded roads.
- Follow recommended routes. DO NOT ignore emergency detours to view flooded areas.
- As you travel, monitor NOAA Weather Radio and local radio broadcasts for the latest information.
- Watch for washed-out roads, earth-slides, broken water or sewer mains, loose or downed electrical wires, and falling or fallen objects.
- Watch for areas where rivers or streams may suddenly rise and flood, such as highway dips, bridges, and low areas.
- If you are in your car and water begins to rise rapidly around you, abandon the vehicle immediately.