Heavy Rain Floods 3 New York Counties

After storms and heavy rain brought flooding to Illinois, Iowa and Missouri, many parts of New York state have been affected by flooding in the last 24 hours. The US National Weather Service say the heavy rain is a result of tropical moisture streaming northward from Tropical Storm Arthur.

Yesterday heavy rainfall and strong winds brought flooding to Albany county, Sullivan County and Schenectady County. Roads were closed across all 3 counties. Flood water was so high in Jeffersonville, one of the city’s streets (Main Street) had to be evacuated.

In a statement posted on Sullivan County’s website, county manager Joshua Potosek said:

Due to flooding associated with heavy rains, the following county roads have been closed: CR 127 near Jeffersonville, CR 164 in Kohlertown, and CR 149 at the intersection of State Route 52 in Youngsville, all along the Callicoon Creek.  County crews have been dispatched to the affected areas.  We have received reports that Main Street Jeffersonville is currently flooding.  If possible, please avoid driving into the area between Hortonville in the Town of Delaware to Youngsville in the Town of Callicoon.

County workers have also been working to clear downed trees from county roadways across various portions of the County that have been affected by heavy wind damage including Livingston Manor, Roscoe, and Shandalee.

Brooklyn also saw some severe flooding with local news reporting that flood water forced a wall beneath the Brooklyn Bridge to collapse.

Further severe weather could be in store for New York, in particular the central parts of the state. In a forecast the Weather Service said:

“Tropical moisture streaming northward from Arthur will interact with a frontal boundary that stalls over New York and Pennsylvania Thursday and Thursday night. This front will be the focus for potentially very heavy rain that could cause significant localized flash flooding.”