The Town Board is asking Town of Fallsburg residents to be smart and be prepared with the impending effects of the major storm and possible flooding resulting from Hurricane Sandy.
Hurricane Sandy is heading for the Northeast US. Whether it becomes a “Frankenstorm”, Nor’easter, or a Category 1 Hurricane doesn’t matter.
We are closely monitoring the weather situation and briefings from the National Weather Service and will remain on alert throughout the storm to react to any potential issues as they arise.
With the groundwater reservoir levels as high as they are, the Town of Fallsburg and its residents are more at risk for dangerous flooding with the projected rainfall beginning Sunday and forecast to continue into next week.
While the models point to different paths, excessive rainfall may cause the Neversink River to rise and could cause flooding throughout the river corridor over the course of the storm.
The Town of Fallsburg is taking a proactive approach as possible. Each Town Department is bracing for the worst and hoping for the best. In addition, Fallsburg officials have requested help from agencies throughout the County, State and Federal governments in the event of flooding.
While the Town will do everything in it’s power to prevent damage and keep our residents safe, it is equally important that our residents be prepared as well.
Such precautions should include:
- Everyone should have an emergency action plan which includes an evacuation plan if necessary for you and your family.
- Make sure you stock plenty of water, food, flashlights, batteries and the like in the event of utility outages.
- If you are aware of neighbors that are older, ill or infirm that may not be able to care for themselves, check on them or call the Police Department if you have concerns about their safety.
- If you live in a low lying area, you should make possible arrangements to leave in the event there is flooding and necessary evacuations.
- While an evacuation is always a last resort, the Town will do all it can to ensure it’s residents and it’s emergency service personnel are safe.
- Finally, never attempt to cross running waters, their depth and current can easily cause a car or truck to be swept away.
Contact the Fallsburg Police Department at 845-434-4422 or simply dial 911 for any emergency issues that arise.
Please prepare yourself and keep your family safe during this storm.