WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Runoff from melting snow and ice along with additional precipitation during the weekend caused flooding in several rivers and creeks. The National Weather Service (NWS) has posted flood warnings for the Susquehanna River from Bainbridge to Waverly and for the Tioughnioga and Chenango rivers.
Most of the affected rivers are forecast to have crested by today and are expected to slowly fall. However, ice jams in some locations could cause fluctuations of river levels, causing localized flooding.
Hardest hit areas include Erie and Green counties. Other counties reporting flooding include Chenango, Broome, Tioga, Chemung, Steuben, Washington, Wayne and Ontario. The Town of Evans (Erie County) was flooded by Little Sister Creek, prompting town officials to issue a Local State of Emergency. Between 50 and 100 residents from the Green Gables Nursing Home were evacuated to nearby high schools.
State officials report that sandbags have been delivered to several counties, including 2,000 to Greene County, 20,000 to the Town of Seneca (Erie County) and an unknown number to Lewis County.
The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been activated and is monitoring the situation. FEMA's New York State liaison officer (Region II) is in contact with State officials and closely monitoring the situation.
In a separate incident, a train derailment in Montgomery County forced the evacuation of 150 people on Jan. 22. The residents were allowed to return to their homes the following morning. Most of the derailed cars were containing propane and other cars contained sulfuric acid, alcohol, butane and propylene.
There were reports of propane leaking from the derailed. Conrail reports it could take 48 hours from the time of the incident to resume normal operations. The State EOC is monitoring this situation as well.