Hurricane Irene: Broome County Sunday

By WBNG News

Credit: Andy Tower

Conklin Road flooded in front of Pride Manor/Fountain Bleu Parks, over to Stillwater Road

August 28, 2011 Updated Oct 22, 2013 at 4:37 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Broome County has declared a State of Emergency.

The County is experiencing flash flooding, power outages, downed trees and power lines.

(8:00 pm Update)
County Executive Patrick Brennan has declared a State of Emergency as a result of a potentially dangerous situation near waterways and areas affected by flash flooding, downed trees and power lines.

The emergency involves highways, streets, roads and waterways.

State of Emergency is in effect

County Executive Brennan says during this period, all pedestrian and vehicular traffic, except essential emergency vehicles and authorized personnel is prohibited in areas where roadway is covered by water or on premises of evacuated properties.

In areas of downed power lines, people are prohibited to be on public streets and roads where this is located.

Also, people are not allowed to be on waterways for recreational purposes throughout the county except parks open to the public.

(6:00 pm Update)

Broome County Executive Patrick Brennan has ordered no recreational use of the waterways in Broome County.

In order to do this, a Declaration of Emergency had to be made. The specific orders are limited to a prohibition of the use of waterways for recreational purposes, travel on roads where power lines are down, and on any premises that is evacuated.

(2:30 pm Update)

Town of Sanford declared a state of Emergency. No unnecessary travel due to trees down. Many roads are impassable according to Broome Emergency Services.

(1:45 pm Update)

Evacuations are taking place along Stillwater Road and Woodcrest Way in the Town of Conklin. Other low lying areas may need to evacuated. The Susquehanna River is now expected to hit 18.5 feet.
Evacuees are reminded to bring their medications.

The Village of Deposit has declared a State of Emergency due to downed trees and power lines. No unnecessary travel.

(12:10 pm Update)

Broome County Sheriff David E. Harder is asking that the residents of Broome County refrain from unnecessary travel due to weather related issues including power lines down, trees down, flooded roadways and debris across roadways

The towns of Binghamton, Conklin, Colesville, Kirkwood, Windsor and Sanford are experiencing the most problems at this time. The Village of Deposit has power lines and trees down.

(11:40 am Update)

Evacuations have taken place in southern Vestal.

Johnson City-Endicott Fire Chief, Steve Hrustich, says a swift water rescue team from Johnson City is headed to Fleischmanns. They are bringing a boat and special operations trailer with them.

(10:45 am Update)

Broome County reports the following roads are closed:

- Park Avenue from Steven to Parkwood
- Pierce Creek Road from City line to Town of Binghamton Fire Station No. 2
- West Hill Road Bridge, Town of Vestal
- Route 79 at 2527 Route 79 in the Town of Colesville (near Ouquaga) is closed due to downed power lines. Will likely be closed for several hours.

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The Chris Thater Memorial Races for Sunday were canceled. Events will not be rescheduled.

Broome Emergency Services reports several traffic lights are not working on Route 11 (Front Street) between Bevier Street and the intersection of Route 12 in the Town of Chenango.

The following roads are closed at this time.

Park Avenue from Steven to Parkwood
Pierce Creek Road from City line to Town of Binghamton Fire Station No. 2
West Hill Road Bridge, Town of Vestal

Rescue crews from fire departments in Broome County have also been put on stand by to assist with water rescues in Delaware County in the village of Fleischmanns.