Voluntary evacuations take effect in Coeymans

Posted at: 10/29/2012 4:37 PM
Updated at: 10/29/2012 11:06 PM
By: WNYT Staff

COEYMANS - Voluntary evacuations are in effect for a part of Coeymans that is prone to flooding.

That includes homes on Miller and Kruger Roads.

Town and county officials inspected the bridge over the Coeymans Creek, which flooded during tropical storm Irene.

They say the waters were so high that four fighters nearly capsized while rescuing one of the residents.

That's why they want people to be prepared for Sandy.

“It's better to be prepared and safe than sorry We're trying to be proactive and target the residents to get out before the need arise. So emergency personnel aren't wasting time coming in and recovering people when they should take the responsibility and leave early,” said Coeymans Chief of Police, Gregory Darlington.

A shelter is also set up at the Coeymans Ravena Selkirk High School, where they say there's enough food to feed 200 people for four days.