Rockland County and Ramapo Residents Urged to Exercise Caution Amidst Flooding and Storm Preparations

Town of Ramapo Supervisor Michael Specht and the Ramapo Highway Department have issued a critical weather update, urging residents to exercise caution due to widespread flooding across the area. With rain expected to persist into Thursday morning, officials warn of hydroplaning risks as rain accumulates on roadways, creating hazardous driving conditions.

The Town of Ramapo Highway Department forecasts light to moderate rain today, with a total rainfall of 1 to 1.50 inches possible. Rainfall intensity is likely to range between 0.05 to 0.20 inches per hour. Additionally, winds from the east are expected at 15-20 mph with gusts reaching up to 30-35 mph through this evening. Winds will shift to the north tonight into Thursday, decreasing to around 10 mph but still producing gusts of 15-20 mph.

In anticipation of the incoming weather, Orange and Rockland (O&R) has announced preparations for its emergency response crews to address potential damages and power outages. A rain and windstorm, with sustained winds of 10 to 25 mph and gusts up to 45 mph, is expected to hit the region around noon Wednesday and depart by approximately 10 p.m.

O&R has mobilized company and contractor overhead line crews, tree removal experts, customer service operators, and other emergency personnel. The response teams are scheduled to be activated at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Furthermore, O&R has secured 50 additional overhead line contractors to assist with storm-related damages and power restoration efforts.

For safety, O&R cautions the public against approaching or touching any downed wires, as they are potentially energized and dangerous. The community is advised to report such incidents to O&R at their toll-free number, 1-877-434-4100, and, if necessary, contact local police to manage traffic away from the hazard until crews can safely address the situation.

Residents facing emergencies are encouraged to reach out to local police for immediate assistance. Supervisor Specht also reminds the community that his office is available for support and can be contacted at 845-357-5100 for any concerns or questions related to the weather conditions and community safety measures.

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