Parts of Warren County declare emergency caused by flooding

Posted at: 06/28/2013 5:38 PM
Updated at: 06/28/2013 5:56 PM
By: Mark Mulholland

JOHNSBURG - Many brooks and creeks in Northern Warren County had reached their tipping point. Steady rains and run-off from Gore and other mountains pushed aside and undermined roads and bridges.

"I have a list of twelve roads with big culverts washed out. This is town-wide. We have 94 or 95 miles of road and pretty much all of them have been effected," said Dan Hitchcock, town highway superintendent.

"We've got roads washed out, culverts washed out. At least one bridge is gone," said Ron Vanselow, town supervisor.

Barton Mines Road seemed to get the worst of it. Residents of that road had to be evacuated as the clay-colored water rushed toward homes.

"Our main concern is the safety of the people at this time. It's not really safe," said Hitchcock late Friday morning as water continued to undermine roads.

As the water began to subside, everyone was safe and accounted for. Soon the cleanup begins. Which is familiar territory for this area and this town.

"Two years ago we had massive storms. These 50-year, 100-year occurrences happening every couple of years is a bit much," said Vanselow.

"If this falls under FEMA, this is going to be the fourth time I filed for FEMA (federal assistance) in the last five years," Hitchcock said.

The town supervisor says it could take several days to assess exactly how much damage was done here.