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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 site. The New York Extension Disaster Education Network also has several good resources available.