Travel Ban Lifted For Most Towns As Flood Waters Begin To Recede

By: Melissa Stagnaro

Travel ban lifted for most towns as flood waters begin to recede

With flood waters receding, the travel ban has been lifted for all but four Chenango townships.

A State of Emergency is still in effect countywide, but the road closure order has been lifted for all but the towns of Bainbridge, Coventry, Greene and Smithville. A travel advisory, urging residents to avoid unnecessary travel, remains in effect until further notice.

“Right now what we’re doing is canvassing the towns,” said Chenango County Emergency Management Officer Matthew Beckwith. He and other emergency management officials have been monitoring rainfall, river and stream levels, flood conditions and road accessibility around the clock since Wednesday, when the joint Emergency Operation Center was activated.

Most roadways, including State Rt. 12, have been reopened. For a complete list of road closures as of press time, see sidebar. This information is constantly being updated on the emergency management website, www. chenangofireems.com, and on The Evening Sun website, www.evesun.com.

According to Beckwith, the Chenango, Susquehanna, Unadilla and Otselic Rivers all crested at various times throughout the day yesterday, close to or above record levels set in 2006.

In Sherburne, the Chenango rose to 11.64 feet, above the record set five years ago, around 9 a.m. yesterday before beginning to fall. In Greene, it reached 21.09 feet, just shy of its height in ‘06.

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