City of Ithaca Officials are monitoring the current weather systems as they move slowly towards upstate New York.
Significant rain is expected to arrive in our area sometime Monday evening into Tuesday. The total rainfall amount for this system could be between 4 to 6 inches.
With this heavy rainfall, Six Mile Creek and Fall Creek could reach flood stage by Monday night or Tuesday. The lake levels could rise several feet and result in flooding of low-lying areas.
The actual impacts will depend on how the storms combine and the track they take. Winds or snow could be significant factors, as well as wide spread power outages.
Residents who live close to Six Mile Creek, Fall Creek, and Cayuga Lake, along with the lower lying areas of the City such as Titus Flats and the Southside neighborhood should start preparations to protect their property by:
- Checking to make sure that any catch basins near your residence are clear of leaves and debris
- Making sure any leaves are removed completely from the street and away from storm drains to keep basins clean and free of any debris
- Making sure to check batteries in flashlights, radios, and other emergency supplies and replace as needed
- Monitoring local weather conditions closely
- Making sure valuable items are removed from basement floors
- Checking your sump-pump regularly
- Making sure that the discharge from your sump-pump is directed away from your home, and into the storm sewer if possible.
- Checking in on your neighbors, especially seniors and people with disabling conditions
- Checking on boats in slips, and lengthening lines to allow room for rising water in the lake.
If you need to purchase a sump-pump, they are available at local home supply stores like Home Depot, Lowe’s, Agway, Bishop’s, HEP, etc. Please ensure that you purchase enough hosing to properly direct the discharge away from your home.
If you have questions or concerns, you can contact the Ithaca Fire Department (607) 272-1234 or Ithaca Police Department (607) 272-3245.
If you have an emergency, call 911.