March 12 – Winter Weather Advisory for Hudson Valley and Western New England

The National Weather Service has issues a Winter Weather Advisory for the Mid-Hudson Valley, Taconics, Berkshires, and Litchfield County, CT.  The advisory is in effect from 6:00 PM today (Wednesday) until 11:00 AM tomorrow morning.

  • Hazard types: Sleet, freezing rain, and snow
  • Snow and Sleet Accumulations: 2 to 4 inches in the lower elevations; 4 to 8 inches in the northern Taconics and Berkshires
  • Ice Accumulations: Up to around a tenth of an inch
  • Timing: Rain will transition to mixed precipitation of sleet and freezing rain early in the evening, with a changeover to snow before midnight. Snow will taper off to snow showers Thursday morning.
  • Impacts: Flash freeze as temperatures rapidly drop this evening. Roads may quickly freeze as the colder air rushes in making travel hazardous. The snow will make matters worse.
  • Winds: Around 10-25 mph this evening with gusts of up to 35 mph possible
  • Temperature: Highs today in the upper 30s to lower 40s reaching lows in the single digits and teens overnight.

Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibility – Use caution while driving!

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Feb 19 – Winter Weather Advisory for Hudson Valley

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for snow, sleet and freezing rain tonight into early Friday morning.

  • A period of above freezing temperatures and rain is forecast, mainly on Friday.
  • Some snow melt is expected but snow will mostly compress and ripen.
  • River forecasts show smaller creeks will rise 2-3 feet while larger rivers will rise 1-2 feet.
  • Ice thickness on many rivers and streams is in the 8-12+ inch range with snow on top of the ice.
  • Ice is thick enough to cause significant ice jamming if it breaks up quickly before it has time to become rotten.
  • Urban and poor drainage flooding is also possible on Friday.
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Jan 10 – Flood Advisory still in effect for southwestern Dutchess; NEW – Flood Watch in effect for east-central New York State and western New England

The National Weather Service has extended the Flood Advisory issued yesterday for southwestern Dutchess County (ice jam on the Wappingers Creek in Red Oaks Mill) until 10:00 PM Friday, Jan 10th.

The NWS has also issued a Flood Watch for east-central New York State and adjacent western New England.  This watch is in effect from Saturday (Jan 11) afternoon until Sunday (Jan 12) afternoon. There is a potential for three-quarters to 2 inches of rainfall Saturday into Sunday morning.

For a more detailed description of these warnings, see the National Weather Service’s report here.

For emergency preparedness, see the NY Extension Disaster Education Network (NY EDEN) here.

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Jan 9 – Flood Advisory in effect – Southwestern Dutchess County

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Advisory for southwestern Dutchess County until 1:00 PM on Thursday, January 9th.

The flooding is due to an ice jam on the Wappingers Creek between Walker Road and Maloney Road parallel to Rt. 376/New Hackensack Road near Red Oaks Mill.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions

Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely. Move to higher ground.

 

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Seminar Series: Stream Habitats and Storm Resiliency

Flooding of a headwater stream in the Catskill Creek Watershed during Tropical Storm Irene, August 2011

The final presentation in our series of outreach seminars:

Biologist Gretchen Stevens of Hudsonia, Inc. will present the results of a project to map the ecologically significant habitats within a 1000-ft-wide corridor along the Catskill Creek mainstem between the Franklinton Vlaie and the dam at Leeds. She will explain how habitat information can assist efforts to strengthen the resiliency of the stream corridor to future storm events, and offer recommendations for land use measures that will contribute to stream stability and enhance the habitat values of the stream and floodplain. The presentation will feature information about stream dynamics, the importance of streamside vegetation and the use of habitat maps in planning efforts.

Join us on Wednesday, December 11th at the Agroforestry Resource Center in Acra, NY, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm for this event, and learn more about the way stream-side habitats help to mitigate flooding and get information on stream-side planting and restoration projects, as well as details of the Catskill Creek stream corridor habitat survey conducted in 2011.

While the seminar is free, we ask that you please register beforehand at: http://streamhabitats.eventbrite.com.

For more information, please call (518) 622-9820, or see the attached flyer here.

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Seminar Series: Determining Peak Flow Under Different Scenarios and Identifying Undersized Culverts

The next presentation in our series of outreach seminars:

Being presented by:

  • Dr. M. Todd Walter, Associate Professor, Biological & Environmental Engineering, Cornell University 
  • Andrew Meyer, Shoreline Conservation Specialist, NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program

Changes in land use and precipitation patterns are leading to culverts that are too small to pass the amount of flow some streams are seeing during large storms. A collaboration between the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program, Cornell University, Orange County Soil and Water Conservation District, and Lower Hudson Coalition of Conservation Districts, this project is identifying culverts that might be too small now, or in the coming decades. These locations could present a hazard to the community from backing up, overtopping, washing out, and potential infrastructure costs for replacement, but they also represent an opportunity for a watershed-wide prioritization of the culverts, channeling money where it can be best spent to address the hazards.

Join us Monday, December 2nd at the Woodbury Fire Department, Highland Mills, NY (Orange County) from 9:00-11:00am. This talk will describe the project and its results in the Woodbury Creek watershed and will be co-sponsored by the Orange County Soil and Water Conservation District.

This seminar is free and open to anyone interested.

To register, or for more information, please contact Cathy Hughes at (845) 344-1234 or cah94@cornell.edu.

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Seminar Series: Updates to the FEMA National Flood Insurance Program

Kingston waterfront – Tropical Storm Irene – Aug. 2011

Offered previously in Dutchess and Greene Counties, now being offered again in Ulster County:

Guest speaker Bill Nechamen from the NYS DEC Floodplain Management Section will present on updates to the FEMA National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and will discuss the benefits of the Community Rating System (CRS), which works to reduce flood insurance premiums for enrolled communities whose efforts go beyond the minimum standards set by the NFIP.

This seminar, being offered in partnership with the Kingston Waterfront Flooding Task Force, will also feature a presentation of that group’s findings and recommendations.

Join us on Wednesday, December 4th at the Kingston City Hall Common Council Chambers in Kingston, NY, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm for this event, and learn more about the changes to the National Flood Insurance Program and how it might affect you, as well as the benefits of the Community Rating System and how your community could begin to save money on flood insurance premiums.

While the seminar is free, we kindly ask that you register beforehand:
http://nfip.eventbrite.com/  

For more information, please call (845) 889-4745 ext. 115 or (518) 622-9820 ext. 33, or see the attached flyer here.

Here are a few resources (PDFs) from FEMA that touch on the National Flood Insurance Program, and changes that have been made to it as of 2012:

 

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Seminar Series: Learn How Forests and Wetlands Mitigate Flood Damage

The next presentation in our series of outreach seminars:

Marilyn Wyman, from Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Laura Heady, Biodiversity Outreach Coordinator for the Hudson River Estuary Program, will discuss the role of forests and wetlands in creating community resiliency, and will provide model approaches for landowners and communities.

This seminar will increase your understanding of how forests and wetlands help reduce the impact of post-storm flooding and why it’s important to protect both forested land and wetlands in our communities.

Join us on Thursday, November 7th at the Desmond-Fish Library in Garrison, NY, from 6 to 8 pm for this event, and learn more about the way our forests and wetlands protect us, and what you and your families, and your communities as a whole can do to help mitigate the risks associated with flooding.

While the seminar is free, we ask that you register beforehand at: https://floodseries3.eventbrite.com/ 

For more information, please contact Dianne Olsen of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County at (845) 278-6738 or see the seminar flyer here.

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Seminar Series: USGS Streamgage Program on the Wallkill River postponed to October 21

Due to the federal government shutdown, the Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project’s Walkill River streamgage tour in Gardiner, originally set for this Monday October 7 at 4pm has been tentatively postponed to the rain date of October 21 at 4pm.

USGS streamgages are located along streams and rivers throughout the United States. USGS Hydrologist Gary Wall will lead a tour of the Wallkill River streamgage in Gardiner and explain how it works, how it supports the National Weather Service mission of flood forecasting, and how streamgages in general support a host of local and national water resource issues.

Join us on Monday, October 21 in Gardiner, NY at 4:00pm for this  fascinating seminar on streamgages and their importance in stream management and flood warnings.

If you do plan to attend, we kindly ask that you register beforehand at:  http://floodseries6.eventbrite.com

For more information, please contact Neil Curri of Cornell Cooperative Extension – Dutchess County at (845) 677-8223 ext 148

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