Johnsburg Town Hall
Town of Johnsburg Supervisor Ron Vanselow declared a state of emergency this morning as heavy rain caused flash flooding and road closures throughout the town.
“Going through that process opens the door for certain funding for repairs,” Vanselow said of the state of emergency declaration. “Potentially I could do travel restrictions and that kind of thing.”
Vanselow issued the state of emergency after being advised to do so by Brian A. LaFlure, director/fire coordinator at the Warren County Office of Emergency Services. LaFlure issued a list of road closures this morning due to flash flooding of creeks.
•Back to Sodom Rd – Peaceful Valley Rd to Oven Mountain Rd
•Big Hollow Rd – off Igerna Rd flooding
•Cooper Hill Rd off Peaceful Valley Rd
•Beach Rd off 13th Lake Rd
•Beartown Rd – washout on GF Mountain Rd – Luzerne
•Bird Pond Rd in Chester between 562 – 664 water across road and shoulders washing out Update @ 0852 - Bird Pond Rd t/Chester – closed to all traffic between Igerna Rd and Owens Rd due to flooding
•Update @ 0939 - Culvert out on Glen Creek Rd ¼ mile in from South Johnsburg Rd. The rest of Glen Creek Rd is accessible from Rt 28.
Other roads affected
•Ski Bowl Rd near land fill – washed down to Rt 28
•Barton’s Mine Rd near Rogers Rd – Culvert washed out
•Barton’s Mines Rd near Hayes Rd – water over road – homes endanger of flooding
•Rt 8 2 miles West of Bakers Mills – water across rd.
•Rt 28N @ Byrnes Rd – trees and lines down – Nat Grid notified
•Pilot Knob Rd near 1502 for trees and lines down
•Rogers road – bridge out
The town of Johnsburg Facebook page offers this advice: “There is a lot of flooding everywhere so please be alert when you’re driving. Do not cross a flooded roadway. Turn Around - Don’t Drown!”
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today issued a disaster declaration for 15 New York counties that have been hit by severe storms and flooding, including Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Herkimer, St. Lawrence and Warren counties.
Cuomo activated the New York State Office of Emergency Management (NYSOEM) to closely monitor the impacted areas and to assist counties with ongoing rescue and recovery efforts.
“With more rain in the forecast, there is a potential for more flooding in more areas in the region,” New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jerome M. Hauer said in a prepared statement. “We are asking people to stay alert, listen to emergency instructions and cooperate with local officials if needed.”
Aside from the town of Johnsburg, state of emergency declarations in the Adirondack region have been issued in the towns of Chesterfield and Elizabethtown in Essex County.
The governor is overseeing state mobilization, including Department of Environmental Conservation airboats placed on standby at Lowville, Sherburn, Warrenburg and Franklin County.
Much of the efforts are centered in the Mohawk Valley.
The National Weather Service issued a Flood Warning until 2:45 p.m. today. A Flood Watch is in effect until 6 p.m.
The National Weather forecast for today calls for a chance of showers, with thunderstorms possible after 2 p.m. Otherwise, it will be mostly cloudy with a high near 72. The chance of precipitation is 40 percent. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tonight, there will be a chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1 a.m., then a slight chance of showers. The low will be around 54 degrees. the chance of precipitation is 30 percent.
On Saturday, there is a slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. It will be mostly cloudy with a high near 76 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 40 percent.