December 1st flood

Orange Co. woman annoyed by flood rescue

The Times Herald-Record has a pitch-perfect news story about a women who was evacuated from her home next to the fast-rising Neversink River during Wednesday's flood. Turns out, Donna Dunnett thinks the whole fuss was unnecessary:

Still, Dunnett insisted she didn't want to be rescued. "They said it was a dramatic rescue but the drama was mostly me being cold and wet and waiting outside while I could have been inside my warm house watching TV with my dogs." Dunnett shares her home with two Australian shepherds named Awesome and Samson.

Another flood, another video of Phoenicia being inundated

Last time the Esopus jumped its banks, on October 1, local photographer and videographer Franz Edlinger created an epic video of the flooding set to Beethoven's Fifth.

For the floods this week, Edlinger's picked something a little more Catskillian -- the honky-tonk stylings of Whitey Morgan and the 78s. Here's a link to his video, starring the Yoo-Hoo-esque Esopus and featuring cameos by several local first responders.

Two floods in two months has been rough on Phoenicia. Here's YNN with a story (and video) on how the soggy, soggy village is coping. An excerpt:

Art Snyder, the County Director of Emergency Management, said it's unlikely the area will receive any FEMA Funding. They didn't in October. The damage was not as significant statewide.  Read more

Flooding: The morning after

After the soggy events of yesterday, people across the Catskills are waking up and assessing the damage. Here's the latest:

Roads

Rte. 28 in Mt. Tremper has been open since about 6:30pm last night, according to commenters on our Facebook page.

511.org is not listing any of yesterday's closed roads -- including Rte. 212, Rte. 214, Rte. 145, or Rte. 209 -- as closed today. The site does say that westbound Rte. 17 in Wallkill is down to one lane until 2pm this afternoon.

Schools

The Onteora and Pine Plains school districts are opening two hours late this morning, the Daily Freeman reports.  Read more

December 1st Flooding

Mud on Main Street in Phoenicia. Photo by Aaron Bennett.

What are you seeing out there? Email us reports and photos at editor@watershedpost.com, comment on this post below, weigh in on our Facebook page, tweet us on Twitter, or post a photo to our Flickr group

For town by town updates, click the town names below:

Walton

Shandaken

Denning

Andes

Cairo

Prattsville  Read more

Watch out for freezing floodwaters

And snow. From the Binghamton National Weather Service office:

...ICY CONDITIONS LIKELY ON UNTREATED SURFACES... TEMPERATURES WILL FALL TO BETWEEN 29 AND 32 DEGREES BETWEEN 6 PM AND 8 PM. THIS WILL CAUSE ICING TO OCCUR ON UNTREATED SURFACES. BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS THIS EVENING...AS SURFACES CAN BECOME SLICK VERY QUICKLY WHEN TEMPERATURES ARE FALLING FAST.

For more on the December 1st flooding, click here.

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Flooding in Prattsville

Water in the Schoharie Creek hit 14.8 feet this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service's hydrograph. Main St. and Rte. 23 flood when the river hits 14 feet, according to NWS records. The National Weather Service issued an alert:

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE SCHOHARIE CREEK AT PRATTSVILLE * UNTIL LATE TONIGHT. * AT 4 PM WEDNESDAY THE STAGE WAS...13.5 FEET. * FLOOD STAGE IS 12 FEET. * MINOR FLOODING IS OCCURRING AND MODERATE FLOODING IS FORECAST. * FORECAST...THE RIVER IS FORECAST TO CONTINUE RISING TO NEAR 15 FEET BY 7 PM WEDNESDAY. THE RIVER IS FORECAST TO FALL BELOW FLOOD STAGE AFTER 10 PM WEDNESDAY. * IMPACT...AT 16 FEET...OVERFLOWS ONTO COUNTY ROUTE 7 NORTH OF ROUTE 23.

at Prattsville  Read more

Shandaken declares state of emergency

Above: Main Street, Phoenicia around 6pm, December 1. Photo by Aaron Bennett.

11:15pm update: Menla Mountain's John Lundin took some great photos this afternoon of flooding at the retreat center. Below: A normally-placid dam spillway rages. (Posted with permission from Lundin's Facebook album.)

8pm update: The intrepid Aaron Bennett has sent us some photos of the scene in Phoenicia at 6pm, where Main Street flooded earlier today. From Aaron:  Read more

Water on roads in Cairo

A trained weather spotter reporting to the National Weather Service and the good folks at WGXC saw some high water covering Rte. 145 in Cairo this afternoon, at its intersection wtih Rte. 23.

From the weather spotter at 3:06pm, via NWS's Storm Summary page:

WATER MOVING RAPIDLY ACROSS SR 23

The Department of Highways reported Rte. 145 closed just over an hour later:

ROUTE 145 CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING.

From WGXC's Tom Roe:  Read more

Delaware expected to crest at flood stage tonight in Walton

The usual flooding suspects are at it again today as four inches of rain has pummeled the Catskills. Phoenicia is flooded and the town of Shandaken has declared a state of emergency, and the West Branch of the Delaware is expected to flood tonight in Walton. Both towns were hit hard in the flooding two months ago -- both will likely have another cleanup on their hands. Here's the NWS hydrograph for Walton:

at Walton

For more on the December 1st flooding, click here.

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Route 28 closed in Mount Tremper

*Update, 11pm: We hear from Jeremy Blaber, of all people, that as of 8pm, 28 was opened to one lane of traffic in alternating directions.

We noted this fact in the big flood post we've been updating all day, but we thought it might be getting buried under all the other updates.

To stay current on the state of 28, check that post linked above often, or try the Town of Shandaken's emergency page. (They're also listing some other roads in Shandaken that are closed.)

Here's an account of the scene on 28 we got from reader Laurie McIntosh around 5:30pm:  Read more

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