Roads across Chenango remained closed this morning as the county braces itself for floods rivaling those of 2006, when floodwaters reached historic levels.
“The Chenango River is rising faster than we anticipated,” Chenango County Emergency Management Officer Matthew Beckwith said this morning, speaking from the county’s emergency operations center.
In Sherburne, the river was already at its projected crest - 11.4 feet, the height it reached in ‘06 - at 8 a.m. and still rising, Beckwith reported. As of press time at 9, it had risen to 11.61 feet.
The river is also in major flood stage further downstream in Greene, where it is predicted to crest later this afternoon at 22.3, over the record height it reached 5 years ago.
The Susquehanna River in Bainbridge is also in major flood stage. It is expected to crest later tonight at 27 feet, the same level it reached in 2006.
According to City of Norwich Emergency Management Officer A. Wesley Jones, the Canasawacta Creek crested this morning at 24.5 feet, and had begun to recede slightly. But he warned that more rain is on its way.