Cuomo directs state agencies to deploy flood, storm response assets

Cuomo directs state agencies to deploy flood, storm response assets

Moses Kuwema 

Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed state agencies to deploy additional flood and storm response assets as warm temperatures and a large storm system have begun impacting the state and may lead to localized urban and river flooding. 

Specifically, the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services has pre-deployed swift water rescue teams to strategic locations throughout the Southern Tier, Mid-Hudson and Capital Regions.

Additionally, the Division has readied all 10 of the state's regional stockpiles and are prepared to deploy resources ranging from pumps, sandbags and generators to cots, blankets and pillows. 

Other state agencies are also preparing boats and other watercraft for deployment in the event they are needed. 

New Yorkers are being reminded to closely follow local weather reports for the latest updates.

"Rain and warm temperatures have already moved into much of the state, and with so much snow still on the ground," Governor Cuomo said. 

"Everything is being done to prepare for any potential impacts and the state stands ready to support any of our local partners who may need assistance. In the meantime, I urge everyone to celebrate smart and use caution if traveling over the next 48 hours."

Currently, forecasters are calling for 2 to 3 inches of widespread rainfall across most of the state, with 3 to 6 inches of rain possible across the eastern Catskills where there is significant snowpack already on the ground. 

The heaviest periods of rain are expected during the overnight hours. 

As most of the state faces the potential for heavy rainfall, lake effect snow has begun moving into the Western New York Region. 
Approximately 3 to 5 inches of snow are to be expected through Friday evening. 

Temperatures behind the system are expected to drop rapidly late Friday. 

New Yorkers traveling for the holidays should use extreme caution as standing water could freeze of Friday night, increasing the chances of black ice and hazardous travel conditions. 

The National Weather Service has continued to issue numerous Advisories, Watches, and Warnings for flooding, high winds and winter weather.