Binghamton Flooding 2011
September 9, 2011 by USA Post
Binghamton Flooding 2011, The lower parts of Greater Binghamton – a plant for wastewater treatment in Johnson City Walmart in Vestal – remained under water yesterday after the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee soaked in a region where the soil is saturated and after a month of rain.
7.8 inches of rain experienced Binghamton on Wednesday – a record of September 7, according to the weather channel – had nowhere to go but into the streams and rivers already swollen with water.
The Susquehanna River, which borders downtown Binghamton, together with the river Chenango, broke all records set flooding after a storm in June 2006. Press & Sun-Bulletin reported that the Susquehanna crested at 25.7 feet in Binghamton at 8 pm yesterday, half a foot more of the previous high mark.
Binghamton residents described the flooding of 2011 as far more devastating than the flood proportional June 2006.
“This is much worse,” said Mary Berton James Street.
Chris Mills, who said his new home on the street, suffered flood damage total, agreed.
“Everyone said that 2006 was not the case,” said Mills.
Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan told the Associated Press that the flood was “the worst in the history of Binghamton, at least since the walls were built in the 1930′s and 40′s.”
ALBANY, WASHINGTON ANSWER
The flood caused a New York state government’s response yesterday morning and the federal government’s response last night.
Andrew Cuomo, the governor declared a state of emergency.
Broome County visited yesterday and surveyed the area by helicopter. In a news conference, Cuomo told the residents to obey evacuation orders and characterized the flooding as one of “historic proportions.”
“You have heard the areas that need evacuation,” said Cuomo. “If you are in an evacuation zone, evacuate. As I said, it will get worse.’s Going to be much higher. We’ve been through this before. At the moment it looks bad, will not be able out. So go out and get out now. ”
The Associated Press reported that the New York National Guard deployed 300 soldiers to the area of?? Binghamton. National Guard soldiers guarded bridges leading to downtown Binghamton and used as axles of vehicles for transporting people and supplies across the city.
Barack Obama President signed an emergency declaration for New York at midnight, hours after his much-anticipated speech on employment at a joint session of Congress.
A companion of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) press release stated that the agency was authorized to act now “to save lives and protect property and public health and safety, and lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe “in 15 counties in New York State, including Broome.
LOCAL OFFICIALS REACT
20,000 residents of Broome County were evacuated last night, almost a tenth of the county’s population of about 200,600.
County officials said at a news conference at 5 pm yesterday that the final evacuation process – the search lock and rescue operations – and they were developing a plan to reintroduce residents to evacuated areas.
Brett Chellis, director of emergency services for Broome County, admitted that evacuees might have to wait several days to re-enter their homes.
“The rehabilitation plan … is being developed between our staff and the municipalities,” said Chellis. “What this means, basically, is to ensure the safety and welfare and safety of the areas have been evacuated and everyone who comes back into them.”
Downtown Binghamton and parts of the Union, Johnson City, Endicott, Vestal and the whole town of Conklin, remain under mandatory evacuation order until further notice.
Binghamton, Johnson City, Dickinson and Windsor remained notices to boil water since Friday.
The waters, like the Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant wastewater, according to several press reports of & Sun-Bulletin, flooded dozens of homes in Johnson City. The treatment plant, wastewater is forced to close.
Johnson City Mayor Dennis Hannon told the Press & Sun “this will be a long recovery.”
Neighborhoods surrounding the Susquehanna River in the south of Binghamton heavily flooded – Conklin Avenue was covered by at least five feet of water, while several houses in Rush Avenue were half submerged under water described by residents as contaminated by sewage.
Vince House Innarella at 26 Rush Ave, where he had lived for 38 years, was inundated with three feet of water on the first floor. He said his home was fine until Wednesday night, until the water entered his home around noon yesterday.
“Once the [flood] broke the walls, came quickly,” said Innarella.
There have been no deaths in the Binghamton area, due to Tropical Storm Lee, but at least 11 deaths have been attributed to the storm, four in central Pennsylvania, two in Northern Virginia and Maryland, along with other four people died when the storm landed in the Gulf Coast last week.
Total 100,000 people were evacuated from areas around the Susquehanna River. According to a report in The Weather Channel Web site, Lee has shed more than 2.4 billion gallons of water into the Susquehanna River basin, causing the worst flooding of the river in nearly 40 years.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett warned of “a public health emergency because the treatment plant wastewater is under water and stopped working.”
“Flood water is toxic and polluted,” he said. “If you do not have to be in it, take it out.”
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