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News Release    

April 16, 2007      

For Further Information Contact:
William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

Dutchess County Storm Update

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has directed Dutchess County Emergency Response officials to coordinate efforts with Dutchess County Sheriff, American Red Cross of Dutchess County, New York State Police, Dutchess County Department of Public Works and other agencies to stay on top of the storm and continue to work to minimize negative impacts to residents.  Public safety is the first and foremost priority of all efforts.

County Executive Steinhaus said, “Residents must always exercise extreme caution when we experience such a major storm.    I urge people to limit travel and when possible, stay off the roads, so that police, emergency response personnel and public works crews can assess road conditions and begin necessary clean-up and repair.”

CURRENT STORM FACTS  (Information is rapidly changing and being continuously updated.)

Weather forecast from National Weather Service in Albany for the next twelve hours:

  • More showers.  Some heavy at times.
  • Can anticipate another ½ inch or more of rainfall.
  • Winds:  sustained winds of 20-30 mph with localized isolated gusts of 40-50 mph

Road closures:

  • Currently, there are more than 60 roads closed across Dutchess County.    The most up-to-date list is attached.

Dutchess County waterways:

  • Ten Mile River is experiencing the most serious flooding.    Ten Mile River is currently at 9 ½ feet, flood level is 9 feet.    It is anticipated it will rise to 13 ½ feet before the end of the storm.
  • Evacuations are being planned in the Town of Dover along Ten Mile River, in the Town of Pleasant Valley along Wappingers Creek and in the Town of Stanford along the Hunns Lake Creek area.
  • The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office is currently mapping out evacuation routes.
  • Evacuation routes will change often as rising water is quickly flooding out roads near both the Wappingers Creek and Ten Mile River.
  • Hudson River flood warning has been temporarily cancelled, but may be re-issued later Monday afternoon or evening.

School closings:

  • All Dutchess County school districts, with the exception of City of Beacon and City of Poughkeepsie, have closed or are in the process of closing.

    Emergency Declarations:
    Nine towns or village have declared state of emergencies:

    • Town of Amenia
    • Town of Dover
    • Town of Fishkill
    • Town of Hyde Park
    • Town of Pine Plains
    • Town of Pleasant Valley
    • Town of Stanford
    • Town of Washington
    • Village of Wappingers Falls

    Power Outage Status:

    • Central Hudson has reported 160 customers without power in Dutchess County.
    • New York State Gas & Electric has reported 32 customers without power in Dutchess County.

    Shelters & Reception Areas:

    • American Red Cross has established an emergency shelter at Wappingers Junior High School located at 30 Major McDonald Way in Wappingers Falls for residents who have been displaced due to flooding or who lack electricity or heat.
    • A shelter has been opened at Stanford Fire Station on Route 82 with the assistance of the American Red Cross.
    • In Pleasant Valley, American Red Cross has opened a shelter at St. Stanislaus Church on Main Street.
    • A reception center has been opened at the Fishkill Town Hall for residents who have storm related issues.   Fishkill Town Hall is located at 401 Route 52 in Fishkill.
    • Dutchess County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) will also providing assistance to the American Red Cross at shelters throughout the county.

    Emergency calls:

    581 dispatches have been received by the Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response 911 Dispatch Center.

    Residents who are experiencing flooding should immediately notify their local fire departments or contact the American Red Cross at (845) 471-0200.

    Click HERE for current road closures listing


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