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NY Gov Hochul Preps State in Advance of Heavy Rain and Flooding

Governor Hochul Urges New Yorkers to Prepare for More Heavy Rain and Potential Flooding Sunday and Monday 

Potentially Heavy Downpours with Rainfall Rates of One to Two Inches Per Hour Could Result in Flash Flooding  

Flood Watches Currently in Effect for Parts of Capital Region, Mid-Hudson, New York City, and North Country Regions 

Storms Could Bring Up to Four Inches of Rain by Monday and Cause More Flooding in Areas Previously Impacted by Heavy Rain 

Governor Urges New Yorkers to Monitor Weather Conditions and Prepare for Possible Flooding 

Governor Kathy Hochul today urged New Yorkers to prepare for additional severe weather expected to impact most of the state Sunday through Monday as rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast for parts of the Capital, Mid-Hudson, Mohawk Valley, North Country, and Southern Tier regions, as well as New York City. Localized flooding is expected in urban areas, roads, and small streams. Rainfall over already saturated ground could result in possible flash flooding Sunday into Monday. Governor Hochul urged New Yorkers to pay attention to their local forecast and sign up for emergency alerts. 

“Throughout the weekend, parts of the state will continue to be at risk for flooding from storms bringing heavy rain, especially in those areas already hard-hit by rains and flooding over the past couple of days,” Governor Hochul said. “State agencies will stay ready to respond to local requests for assistance throughout the weekend. I urge everyone to keep a close eye on the weather and be sure to plan activities accordingly.” 

New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jackie Bray said, “Storms and heavy rain across the state may cause flooding in areas that have already seen rain this week. My team is ready to provide assistance to our partners at the local level as needed. Keep a close eye on the forecast this weekend and stay alert.”    

For a complete listing of weather alerts and forecasts, visit the National Weather Service website at https://alerts.weather.gov.  

New Yorkers are encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts by subscribing to NY Alert at alert.ny.gov, a free service providing critical emergency information to your cell phone or computer.  

State Agency Preparations 

Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services   

The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Emergency Operations Center is monitoring weather and travel conditions, and coordinating any response needs with local governments. State Fire and State Emergency Management personnel and equipment are prepared to respond, in the event of flash flooding.   

Department of Transportation   

The Department of Transportation is monitoring weather conditions and prepared to respond with more than 3,470 supervisors and operators. All field staff are available to fully engage and respond. Staff can be configured into any type of response crews that are needed (flood response, chipper, load & haul, sewer jet, cut & toss, traffic signal, etc.). Crews are checking and clearing drainage structures to make sure they are free of debris and clogs.  

Statewide equipment numbers are as follows:  

  • 1,427 large dump trucks 
  • 323 large loaders 
  • 84 tracked and wheeled excavators 
  • 87 chippers 
  • 19 graders 
  • 18 vacuum trucks with sewer jets
  • 15 tree crew bucket trucks 

Thruway Authority   

The Thruway Authority has 654 operators and supervisors prepared to respond to any wind or flood related issues across the state with small to medium sized excavators, plow/dump trucks, large loaders, portable VMS boards, portable light towers, smaller generators, smaller pumps and equipment hauling trailers, as well as signage and other traffic control devices available for any detours or closures. Variable Message Signs and social media are utilized to alert motorists of weather conditions on the Thruway.   

Statewide equipment numbers are as follows:   

  • 362 Large and Small Dump Trucks 
  • 59 Loaders 
  • 33 Trailers 
  • 6 Vac Trucks 
  • 12 Excavators 
  • 8 Brush Chippers 
  • 100 Chainsaws 
  • 23 Aerial Trucks 
  • 22 Skid Steers 
  • 83 Portable Generators 
  • 67 Portable Light Units 

The Thruway Authority encourages motorists to download its mobile app which is available to download for free on iPhone and Android devices. The app provides motorists direct access to live traffic cameras, real-time traffic information and navigation assistance while on the go. Motorists can also sign up for TRANSalert e-mails which provide the latest traffic conditions along the Thruway, follow @ThruwayTraffic on Twitter, and visit thruway.ny.gov to see an interactive map showing traffic conditions for the Thruway and other New York State roadways.   

Department of Environmental Conservation   

DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officers, Forest Rangers, Emergency Management staff, and regional staff are on alert and monitoring weather conditions. DEC personnel are actively patrolling areas and infrastructure likely to be impacted by severe weather—including heavy rainfall and local flooding—and will work closely with state and local agencies to coordinate flood mitigation equipment including pumps and sandbags in the event mitigation is needed to protect homes, businesses, or infrastructure. All available assets, including swift water rescue teams, are positioned to assist with any emergency response.   

Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation   

New York State Park Police and park personnel are on alert and closely monitoring weather conditions and impacts. Park visitors should visit https://parks.ny.gov, check the free NY State Parks Explorer mobile app or call their local park office for the latest updates regarding park hours, openings and closings. 

Department of Public Service   

New York’s utilities have approximately 5,500 workers available to engage in damage assessment, response, repair, and restoration efforts across New York State for this event. Agency staff will track utilities’ work throughout the event and ensure utilities shift appropriate staffing to regions that experience the greatest impact.   

New York State Police   

State Police are prepared to deploy additional Troopers, as needed, to affected areas. All State Police specialized vehicles, including four-wheel drive vehicles and Utility Task Vehicles, are ready for immediate response. All Troop emergency power and communications equipment has been tested.   

Metropolitan Transportation Authority 

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is closely monitoring weather conditions to ensure safe, reliable service. MTA employees will be poised to respond to any weather-related issues and remove any downed trees that may fall across tracks. Customers are encouraged to check new.mta.info for the latest service updates. Customers should also sign up for real-time service alerts via text or email. These alerts are also available via the MTA’s apps: MYmta and TrainTime. 

Port Authority 

The Port Authority is monitoring weather conditions. Speed restrictions may be in effect at the bridges, as well as along roadways to and from the crossings. Passengers through the Port Authority’s facilities are encouraged to reach out to carriers and airlines directly for the latest information on delays and cancelations. 

For the latest information about Port Authority facilities, please check social media, sign up for PA alerts or download one of the PA mobile apps, including RidePATH which provides real-time updates and alerts for PATH service. 

Severe Weather Safety Tips 

Disaster Supplies   

Have disaster supplies on hand, including:   

  • Flashlight and extra batteries 
  • Battery-operated radio and extra batteries 
  • First aid kit and manual 
  • Emergency food and water 
  • Non-electric can opener 
  • Essential medicines 
  • Checkbook, cash, credit cards, ATM cards 

Flash Flooding   

  • Never attempt to drive on a flooded road. Turn around and go another way. 
  • If water begins to rise rapidly around you in your car, abandon the vehicle immediately. 
  • Do not underestimate the power of fast-moving water. Two feet of fast-moving flood water will float your car, and water moving at two miles per hour can sweep cars off a road or bridge. 

Lightning   

  • Follow the 30-30 rule: If the time between when you see a flash of lightning and hear thunder is 30 seconds or less, the lightning is close enough to hit you. Seek shelter immediately. After the last flash of lightning, wait 30 minutes before leaving your shelter. 
  • Lightning hits the tallest object. If you are above a tree line, quickly get below it and crouch down if you are in an exposed area. 
  • If you can’t get to a shelter, stay away from trees. If there is no shelter, crouch in the open, keeping twice as far away from a tree as it is tall. 

Tornado   

  • If outdoors and a Tornado Warning is issued, seek shelter immediately. If there is no shelter nearby, lie flat in a ditch or low spot with your hands shielding your head. 
  • If at home or in a small building, go to the basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of the building. Stay away from windows. Closets, bathrooms, and other interior rooms offer the best protection. Get under something sturdy or cover yourself with a mattress. 
  • If in a school, hospital, or shopping center, go to a pre-designated shelter area. Stay away from large open areas and windows. Do not go outside to your car. 
  • If in a high-rise building, go to an interior small room or hallway on the lowest floor possible. Do not use elevators – use stairs instead. 

For more information on personal preparedness and how to stay safe during severe weather, visit: dhses.ny.gov/safety-and-prevention.  

 

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