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Storm Information

Be Prepared for Flooding

DEC staff are ready to assist communities if flooding occurs this week from heavy rains. Flood watches have been issued for the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Central New York, Mohawk Valley, Capital Region and Mid-Hudson Valley. through 9/18/18. Potential risks mainly will be for flood prone small streams, creeks and watersheds as well as low lying and poor drainage areas.

Get Notified with NY-Alert

NY-Alert warns citizens of critical information and emergencies and provides timely information to protect lives. Warnings and emergency information can be directed to a phone call, email, text message or fax. Visit alert.ny.gov for more information.

Safety Tips

  • 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.

For more safety tips for all types of weather events, visit the DHSES website.