By Steven Vegliante
The National Weather Service in Binghamton has issued a flood watch for the Town of Fallsburg and Sullivan County that will be in effect from Thursday morning through Friday morning.
An unusually strong low pressure system that is tracking from the Midwest will arrive and heavy rains are expected to develop in the late morning, with an estimated 2 to 4 inches of rain expected to fall on already very saturated ground. They expect localized small stream and urban flooding with minor river flooding too.
Flash flood potential is moderate to high in these areas.
The highest potential for such flash flooding is from Thursday morning to Thursday evening.
A worse case scenario, with a likelihood of 5%-10%, has been estimated to include 3 to 5 inches of rain falling, significant river and lake rises of 2-3 feet, and widespread moderate to severe flash flooding in our area.
Please take caution during this weather event. Do not drive your car into flooded areas or roadways. If you live or work near streams, please keep aware of the potential of flash flooding and take the appropriate precautions, including planning escape routes. Also please check on elderly and infirmed neighbors and family who may not be mobile during this event.
Please Note That The Fallsburg Central Junior and Senior High Schools will be closing at 1:00 PM today and the Benjamin Cosor Elementary School will be closing at 1: due to weather.
Please notify the Town of Fallsburg Police Department of an weather related emergency today and tomorrow immediately. Call them at 845-434-4422 or call 911.