Is Tioga Ready for the Next Disaster?

By Adam Chick

October 26, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2012 at 9:54 AM EDT

Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.

After two major floods in the past seven years, that's exactly what the citizens of Owego are doing.

Citizens participated in a roundtable discussion about what they thought could have been done better concerning the flood response.

Residents complained that the PA system the response team used to get people to evacuate was unintelligible, along with a slew of other communication problems.

The point of the discussion was to try and improve things for next time.

With the impending tropical storm Sandy fast approaching, everyone in the area is on their toes.

"I think anytime it rains here, we were here a month ago for a meeting and it rained for a good part of the day and I think it's on people's minds whenever it rains quite a bit," said Lisa Nagle, Principal of Elan Planning, who led the discussion.

"As you may know there's an impending storm and we're tracking that pretty well. And we're working with the county emergency management people to track that storm and plan for that," said Kevin Millar, Mayor of Owego.

A plan of action will eventually be put together for the area, a plan that includes improved flood mitigation, and better evacuation and communication strategies.

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