Schoharie County flooding closes roads, State of Emergency declared
SCHOHARIE, N.Y. — According to Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond, Stony Brook Road and Route 30 in the Town of Schoharie are closed due to flooding.
He says parts of Stony Brook Road and the Frisbeeville Bridge in Middleburgh are washed out, adding that they had at least one car stuck in flood waters, but that situation has been resolved.
There is flooding by the elementary school on Main Street in Middleburgh. The elementary school itself is not flooded and officials will continue to monitor the flooding on Main Street.
The Middleburgh Central School District has issued the following statement:
“Due to the flooding, all Middleburgh Central School District students are being sheltered in place at the Elementary school. All students are safe. The district is awaiting word from the authorities as to when it will be safe to transport students home. Parents wishing to do so may pick up their children at the Elementary Office, however, please note that many roads in the area are currently impassable. More information will be posted as soon as it is available.”
Food Services is currently working to provide food for the students that will be served shortly.
The district also announced that Senior Awards Night is canceled due to flooding. And eighth grade students will be returning from their Great Adventures field trip at 7 p.m. Parents can pick up their eighth-graders who are on the trip at Crewell Trucking, 2674 State Route 145 in Middleburgh.
If you cannot get to Crewell because of road closures, please call 827-3625. A plan is being developed to shelter and keep those children safe and sound until they can be transported home safely or until parents can safely pick them up.
As of 6:40 p.m., the district has been given permission to begin dismissing/transporting students who live on bus routes south of the Elementary school. Attendance is currently being taken and students are boarding buses. The district is still awaiting word as to when it may be safe to transport students on other bus routes. Until that point, those students will remain safely in the Elementary School.
In Middleburgh, Route 145 closed due to flooding from the town line to River Street NY 30 until further notice.
According to the Schoharie Emergency Management Office, the eastern side of Schoharie County received 3 inches of rain in a short period of time and the western side of Schoharie County received 1.5-3 inches of rain in a short period of time.
Although the storm has dissipated, it takes time for water to travel. With the ground so saturated, water is running off and officials are watching the small tributaries, ditches, and low lying areas.
The Village and Town of Schoharie as well as the Village of Middleburgh have declared a State of Emergency and officials are advising people to shelter in place.
If there is an emergency dial 911, otherwise call Emergency Management at 518-295-2276 for information. Emergency personnel are out assessing and addressing the situations at this time.