Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has directed state agencies to deploy additional resources to assist communities in Western New York and other parts of the state ahead of severe weekend storms as a strong cold front moves across New York, triggering rain and thunderstorms that could produce strong winds and hail.
“The Western New York, Finger Lakes, Central New York, Southern Tier and North Country Regions will experience the heaviest of the rainfall,” Cuomo said.
In Western New York, assets and personnel include:
- 25 National Guard Troops with Humvees
- 1 Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Service (DHSES) truck with pumps, hoses and lengths of aqua dam
- 2 DHSES high axle vehicles
- 2 DHSES rescue boats with personnel
- Additional emergency management personnel
“I urge residents to prepare their homes and businesses now for flooding that is expected tomorrow into Sunday," Cuomo said.
At the governor's direction, Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul and senior officials from state agencies will be deployed to Regional Emergency Operations Centers, which are being activated in Watertown in Jefferson County and in Cheektowaga in Erie County. In addition, 100 National Guard members have been deployed to the potentially impacted regions to assist local communities with response and recovery.
Additionally, New York State Parks continues to actively monitor the weather situation and has directed the Park Police and park personnel to take appropriate action to prepare for possible flooding at State Park facilities including clearing culverts and drainage areas and preparing equipment that may be necessary to respond to flood-related issues.
All State Police assets, including 4x4s, high axle vehicles and boats are ready for deployment as needed. Troopers have been instructed to remain on high alert and to closely monitor flood prone areas for rising waters while on patrol.
The New York State Department of Transportation is actively preparing for high water by readying equipment and staff who will conduct flood watches, monitor bridges as water rises, and respond as needed. DOT crews have been actively working to clear culverts and drainage basins to help ensure they flow freely.
The New York State Thruway Authority is monitoring for potential flooding the region and are ready to deploy additional staffing and equipment to assist with any flooding issues as they develop.
The best way to receive official emergency information, which can change quickly, is to subscribe to NY-ALERT (www.nyalert.gov) the state's free, customizable, all-hazards notification system.