Cleanup, Assessment Underway Following Flooding

Sep 20, 2012

The hamlet of Livingston Manor is devastated again. This week’s flash flood washed out bridges and damaged over two dozen homes.

Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther called the governor’s office and toured the devastation with state Transportation and Environmental Conservation officials and representatives of FEMA.  She said the residents of the hamlet can’t go on like this with repeated massive flooding.

“There are a couple of families that actually lost their homes at this point, the foundations are completely destroyed,” Gunther said. “It’s a very difficult day. This has happened time and time again.”

Most of those who lost power as a result of Tuesday’s storm with its heavy rains and strong winds should be restored by Thursday. Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation officials said some 41,000 customers in total lost power.

Rochester Town Hall was closed for 24 hours because the electricity was out; it was restored late Wednesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Route 23A between the Hunter/Catskill town line and Haines Falls was closed due to flooding. Three culverts were damaged as the result of floodwaters. By Wednesday afternoon, one lane was open with DOT crews working to repair the problems.