Posts Tagged ‘flash flood’

Tropical Depression Ida May Bring Flash Flooding to Watershed

Posted on: August 31st, 2021 by Brent Gotsch
Trop­i­cal Depres­sion Ida expect­ed rain­fall totals. From Nation­al Hur­ri­cane Center.

The rem­nants of Trop­i­cal Depres­sion Ida will be pass­ing close to our region Wednes­day into Thurs­day. The Nation­al Weath­er Ser­vice is pre­dict­ing that many loca­tions in the Tri-State area could receive 2–4 inch­es of rain. As a result, most of the region is under a flash flood advi­so­ry through Thurs­day after­noon. Although major flood­ing is not expect­ed for the Ashokan Water­shed it is still a good idea or be prepared.

Stay up-to-date on cur­rent weath­er infor­ma­tion by vis­it­ing NYS MESONET, a New York State spe­cif­ic weath­er fore­cast­ing site man­aged by the Nation­al Weath­er Ser­vice and the State Uni­ver­si­ty of New York at Albany. Check cur­rent stream flow con­di­tions by vis­it­ing the NYS Page of the USGS Stream Gage Net­work. Check the Nation­al Weath­er Ser­vice Riv­er Fore­cast web­page for area flood predictions. 

Always be pay atten­tion to direc­tives from local author­i­ties espe­cial­ly if they say to evac­u­ate. Be sure to check local Coun­ty and Town/Village web­pages and social media for updat­ed infor­ma­tion. Do not dri­ve through stand­ing water, espe­cial­ly in the evening or dur­ing low-light con­di­tions as it is often dif­fi­cult to deter­mine the depth of water on a road­way. The num­ber one cause of death from flood­ing is from peo­ple dri­ving through water that is too deep for their vehi­cles. FEMA has sev­er­al excel­lent resources for prepar­ing for many nat­ur­al dis­as­ters includ­ing flood­ing at its Ready.gov site. The New York Exten­sion Dis­as­ter Edu­ca­tion Net­work also has sev­er­al good resources available.

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Flash Flood Watch in Effect for Ashokan Watershed

Posted on: August 4th, 2020 by Brent Gotsch

High flows on the Esopus Creek in September 2018.

High flows on the Eso­pus Creek in Sep­tem­ber 2018.

 

The Nation­al Weath­er Ser­vice has cur­rent­ly issued a flash flood watch for the Ashokan Water­shed and much of the rest of the region. Trop­i­cal Storm Isa­ias is cur­rent­ly track­ing up the east­ern seaboard and bring­ing heavy rains and dam­ag­ing winds in its path. While the region has been abnor­mal­ly dry this sum­mer and the rain itself is wel­come, the poten­tial inten­si­ty of the down­pours could cause local­ized flooding.

Our Water­shed is no stranger to floods but it is still a good idea to be pre­pared. Through­out the day today, mon­i­tor the Nation­al Ocean­ic and Atmos­pher­ic Admin­is­tra­tion’s (NOAA) weath­er radio and/or local weath­er sta­tions to get updat­ed infor­ma­tion about con­di­tions. You can also mon­i­tor local stream gages by going to the Unit­ed States Geo­log­i­cal Sur­vey (USGS) web­site. The Allaben and Cold­brook stream gages are two major gages on the Eso­pus Creek.

If pos­si­ble, please stay home. High winds could top­ple trees and pow­er lines mak­ing roads impas­si­ble. In addi­tion, flood waters across road­ways are par­tic­u­lar­ly dan­ger­ous and lead to a high num­ber of injuries and fatal­i­ties each year because water depths are often deceiv­ing. Remem­ber, it only takes one foot of mov­ing water to move most pas­sen­ger cars and six inch­es of mov­ing water to knock a per­son over. If you come across a flood­ed road­way always Turn Around Don’t Drown!

If your local­i­ty issues evac­u­a­tion orders please evac­u­ate to your near­est emer­gency shel­ter imme­di­ate­ly and fol­low all instruc­tions from local offi­cials and emer­gency responders.

For more infor­ma­tion on flood pre­pared­ness and what to do in an emer­gency you can view the AWSMP Flood Emer­gency Pre­pared­ness Guide. Also be sure to check out resources from FEMA’s Ready.gov web­site and the NY Exten­sion Dis­as­ter Edu­ca­tion Net­work (NY EDEN) website.

 

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