Flooding Happens: Understanding How Floods Happen and How to Be More Flood Resilient

Posted on: June 13th, 2019 by Brent Gotsch
Flooded Field Crops in Schoharie County, NY. Photo by FEMA.

Flood­ed Field Crops in Schoharie Coun­ty, NY. Pho­to by FEMA.


Flood­ing hap­pens. In recent years, more fre­quent and more intense pre­cip­i­ta­tion events have been observed. This is espe­cial­ly true in the NYC Water­shed area of Ulster Coun­ty, which suf­fered dev­as­tat­ing dam­age dur­ing Trop­i­cal Storm Irene in 2011. If you own or rent land any­where in the coun­ty and are con­cerned about flood­ing, then join Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster Coun­ty (CCEUC) on Wednes­day, July 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Ulster Coun­ty Fair­grounds (249 Lib­er­tyville Road, New Paltz) in the Youth Building.

Vis­it https://tinyurl.com/floodshappen for reg­is­tra­tion and the most up-to-date infor­ma­tion. The cost is $20 per per­son. Lunch and trans­porta­tion to a farm vis­it will be provided.

Pre­sen­ters will dis­cuss flood­ing and its impacts on home prop­er­ties as well as agri­cul­tur­al land. Par­tic­i­pants will learn how to deter­mine if their prop­er­ty lies in a flood zone, what that means for their land or prop­er­ty, and pos­si­ble mit­i­ga­tion strate­gies. Ashokan water­shed res­i­dents con­cerned about pro­tect­ing their prop­er­ties from flood­ing will learn from region­al experts in the field. The Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Program’s Cer­ti­fied Flood­plain Man­ag­er, Brent Gotsch, will start off the pro­gram with an intro­duc­tion to deter­min­ing flood risk on your prop­er­ty and how to under­stand flood insur­ance rate maps and flood insur­ance studies.

The pro­gram, while applic­a­ble to those with gen­er­al con­cerns about flood­ing, will have an agri­cul­tur­al focus. Many parcels in the Ashokan water­shed have been his­tor­i­cal­ly used for agri­cul­ture and have the poten­tial to be used for agri­cul­ture again if prop­er plan­ning and land use con­sid­er­a­tions are taken.

For more infor­ma­tion, call Jim O’Connell at 340‑3990 ext. 390, ore­mail jmo98@cornell.edu.

Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster Coun­ty pro­vides equal pro­gram and employ­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties.  Please con­tact the office at 845–340-3990 if you have any spe­cial needs.