The biggest problem that I can foresee in the city is going to be street flooding. Every street in my neighborhood has piles of leaves along the curbs, blocking storm sewers. I am a bit surprised city crews weren't out over the weekend clearing street curbsides so that drainage during 1/2" per hour rains isn't any worse than normal.
Office of Emergency Management ready for possibility of big storm tomorrow
Submitted by Howard Owens on October 28, 2012 - 1:33pm
Tim Yaeger, emergency management coordinator for Genesee County, is spending his Sunday making sure the county is ready for whatever may be coming our way tomorrow evening.
It could be the remnants of Hurricane Sandy. It could be something a little more severe, or maybe it won't be bad at all.
Yaeger's message to emergency responders and county residents: Be prepared.
"Right now, it looks like we're prepared," Yaeger said. "The biggest thing is that folks prepare themselves. Make sure they have plenty of food stuffs and water, batteries, withdraw cash from ATMs and make sure their vehicles are fueled."
The local fire chiefs have all been briefed, Yaeger said, and he's been in contact with the emergency coordinators in neighboring counties and with the state's emergency office.
The Salvation Army and UMMC have been notified.
The worse of the storm is expected downstate, and even though the current predictions for the storm in Genesee County is much like any heavy storm we experience a couple of times a year, there are some unique concerns.
Rainfall of half an inch to an inch per hour can cause localized flooding.
Plus, anytime there are sustained winds of 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 65 mph there is the potential for trees to come down, taking out power lines and damaging property.
Wind direction is also worrisome.
Our wind tends to blow south and west. But tree root systems grow in the opposite direction, so the northerly winds predicted for this storm may cause greater problems.
And with the rain we've had recently and the rain expected over the next 24 hours from the storm, the ground will be pretty soft and saturated.
"My biggest concern right now is if the system generates a little more energy than anticipated, or if it stalls over us for a little while, that's where I'm concerned," Yaeger said.
The Batavian is preparing to cover this storm however it may progress and we'll bring you new developments as needed.
agrees with mr. weaver. prepared? ...NOT!