In Delaware County, thousands of homes are without power (mainly in Sidney and Roxbury) and there is a travel advisory issued for the roads. The county has lifted the state of emergency, however, and is not operating any shelters, has cut emergency operations staff back to minimum levels, and is predicting that "major flooding is not a concern." No major reports of flooding have occurred in Delaware County at this time.
Several roads are closed, including:
- Ben Meeker Road, Searles Road and Swart Road in the Town of Middletown are all closed due to trees and/or power lines down.
- New York State Route 30 from Cat Hollow Road to Holiday Brook Road.
- New York State Route 97 from Newman Road to the Sullivan County line.
Read all the specifics in the press releases below, all of which were issued this morning:
Delaware County remains under a travel advisory until further notice.
Travel only when necessary. If you must travel use caution as crewsmay be out continuing to work clearing roads and repairing down lines.Also beware of debris, trees and downed lines as wind is continued.Do not attempt to drive through or touch downed power lines. Do notdrive through water, stay out of flooded basements. Remember,generators can be dangerous. Do not attempt to cut trees where powerlines are down.The following roads or sections of roads are reported as closed:Ben Meeker Road, Searles Road and Swart Road in the Town ofMiddletown are all closed due to trees and/or power lines downNew York State Route 30 from Cat Hollow Road to Holiday Brook Road.New York State Route 97 from Newman Road to the Sullivan Countyline.Once trees and power lines are removed from these roads, they will bereopened.NYSEG customers without power has risen slightly to 1,800. Crewsremain out and will continue to work to restore power.County offices are closed from 7AM to 5PM, but County Courts areopen.The EOC remains open at this time but staffing has been cut back to aminimum.
Delaware County Chairman, James E. Eisel, Sr. rescinded the State ofEmergency for Delaware County at 6AM October 30, 2012.A travel advisory has been issued until further notice. Travel only whennecessary. If you must travel use caution as crews are out continuingto work clearing roads and repairing downed power lines. Also bewareof debris, trees and downed lines as wind continues to gust. Do notattempt to cut trees where power lines are down. Do not attempt todrive through or touch downed power lines. Do not drive throughwater. Stay out of flooded basements. Remember, generators can bedangerous.State of Emergencies remain in effect in the Town and Village ofHancock, Town of Deposit and Village of Fleischmanns. These State ofEmergencies will be re-evaluated later this morning.Both NYSEG and the Delaware County Electric Cooperative (DCEC)continue to repair power outages and downed lines. NYSEG and theDCEC report approximately 1,600 and 1,000 customers are out ofpower respectively.Major flooding is not a concern at this time and flash flooding reportshave been minimal overnight.There are no shelters open in Delaware County at this time.
Delaware County governmental offices will be closed tomorrow (October 30th ) for non-essential staff.
The following Delaware County school systems have reported they are closed on Tuesday October 30, 2012:
- Charlotte Valley
- NCOC BOCES in Grand Gorge
- South Kortright
For updated road information citizens can call 607-865-TOGO (8646). This phone number will contain a message on road closures in Delaware County and is updated regularly by Delaware County Sheriff’s Office personnel.
Currently, there are there are approximately 2,900 (2,700 NYSEG customers and 200 DCEC customers) residences in Delaware County without power. The Village of Sidney and Roxbury have wide spread outages at this time.
Locations for Red Cross shelters have been established however there are no shelter openings at this time. If the need arises, Red Cross will press release the information on the location of shelters.