Be flood aware and flood prepared!
Heavy rain and snowmelt are expected from late Thursday night through Friday in the Ashokan Reservoir watershed. The National Weather Service is predicting minor to moderate river flooding from late Friday into Saturday.
December is the second most common month for flooding in the Ashokan watershed, behind March. Riverine flooding is common this time of year due to the cumulative effects of precipitation, snowmelt, dormant vegetation, and frozen soil that prevents infiltration.
Even during minor flooding, six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep a vehicle off the road. Turn around, don’t drown!
Check Ready.gov/floods for info on how to prepare for, and how to stay safe during and after floods.
The AWSMP has also published a localized Flood Preparedness Guide for the Ashokan watershed.