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.