NWS proposes raising flood stages in Bainbridge, Sherburne

CHENANGO COUNTY – The National Weather Service in Binghamton has proposed changing the flood stages at two points in Chenango County to reduce the number of false flood warnings.

Working in conjunction with the Chenango County Emergency Management Office and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, the NWS proposed changing the flood level for the Chenango River at Sherburne and the Susquehanna River at Bainbridge.

“Prior flood events have indicated that increases in flood stages at these two river forecast points will better reflect the onset of when minor flooding begins,” a release from the NWS said.

Chenango County Emergency Management Officer A. Wesley Jones explained the proposed changes could be implemented as of June 29, barring any negative feedback. “We’ve discussed this between ourselves, the NWS and the SRBC and we feel it is the appropriate thing to do,” Jones said.

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