Southeastern Delaware County and other areas in the Catskill Mountains are being hit hard by Tropical Storm Irene.
Photos posted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office show heavy flooding in Margaretville, while photos and videos posted by residents on Facebook show cars and houses in Roxbury and Prattsville under water. Cuomo visited Margaretville Sunday morning.
Click here to see a video of the flooding in Margaretville.
A state of emergency is in effect in Delaware County. All roads in the county are closed, by order of the chairman of the Board of Supervisors. All travel is restricted to emergency personnel and essential employees.
Dean Frazier, a spokesman with the Delaware County Office of Emergency Services, said there have been no known fatalities in the county from the storm.
But damage is still being assessed, and emergency crews were having a difficult time reaching Margaretville and Fleischmanns, which he said were under water.
The village of Fleischmanns was evacuated, and the National Guard called to the scene in that area to conduct helicopter rescues, but have been unable to because of conditions, he said.
Other areas of the county have been spared the massive flooding seen in Roxbury, Fleischmanns and Margaretville, according to Frazier.
“They don’t seem to be affected nearly as much as Fleischmanns and Margaretville,” Frazier said at about 3:45 p.m. Sunday.
Frazier said he did not know when the emergency travel ban would be lifted because damage is still being assessed.
Rain from Irene is lingering in the area and radar from the National Weather Service indicated bands of heavy rain were still moving through the region.
“There is some indication the storm has slowed a bit and that’s what’s causing the additional rain,” Frazier said.
Elsewhere in Delaware County, the impact from Irene was less severe.
In Downsville, there is no major flooding, but there are a lot of trees and wires down and sporadic power outages, according to Downsville Assistant Fire Chief Erik Johnson at about 3:30 p.m.
But all eyes were on the nearby Pepacton Reservoir and Johnson some flooding is expected.
“It’s going to happen,” Johnson said Sunday morning.
There were no major issues in the city of Oneonta, according to local emergency personnel.
There have been trees and wires down through the city and town of Oneonta, but nothing that has resulted in widespread power outages or injuries.
The Susquehanna River has remained below flood stage and the area’s streams have so far remained largely within their banks.
Delaware County Emergency Services is staffing an Emergency Operations Center, which can be reached at 746-9600 to report flooded roads or downed power lines. Emergency calls should still go to 911.
A shelter has been established at the Belleayre Ski Center in Highmount for any residents who have been evacuated from their homes. For information, call (845) 254-5600.
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