Winter Warm Up Could Cause Flooding and Ice Jams in Central New York
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch until late Wednesday, February 21st for parts of central New York, including Oneida County.
Oneida County has already seen almost an inch of rain and more is expected today, especially in Northern Oneida County. With temperatures reaching the 60s the next few days, significant snow melt is also expected. The combination of rain and snow melt may cause flooding issues in rivers and streams.
State officials are monitoring the Mohawk River closely for dangerous ice jams.
"Since mid-December, we have been vigilantly monitoring 50 ice jams across New York, and given this week's weather forecast, I have directed state agencies to prepare for conditions that could increase the flooding risk statewide," Governor Cuomo said. "I urge anyone living along the Mohawk River, or in areas that have experienced previous flooding, to pay close attention to weather reports and stay safe."
Here are some flood tips to keep in mind.
*Learn the safest route to higher ground if you have to leave in a hurry.
*Develop and practice a 'family escape' plan and identify a meeting place if family members become separated.
*Make an itemized list - as well as potentially photo and video documentation -- of all valuables including furnishings, clothing and other personal property. Keep the list in a safe place.
*Stockpile emergency supplies of canned food, medicine and first aid supplies and drinking water. Store drinking water in clean, closed containers
*Plan what to do with your pets
*Have a portable radio, flashlights, extra batteries and emergency cooking equipment available
*Keep your automobile fueled. If electric power is cut off, gasoline stations may not be able to pump fuel for several days. *Have a small disaster supply kit in the trunk of your car
*Find out how many feet your property is above and below possible flood levels. When predicted flood levels are broadcast, you can determine if you may be flooded
*Keep materials like sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting and lumber handy for emergency water-proofing
*Check on your insurance coverage. Homeowners' insurance policies generally do not cover flood damages. Only flood insurance can protect your home against flood damages. You can purchase flood insurance whether or not you live in a mapped flood zone