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Jefferson Beaver Dam Fails, Causing Local Flooding

Written By Editor on 6/30/13 | 6/30/13


The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Southern Schoharie County in the aftermath of a Jefferson beaver dam failing until four o'clock this afternoon. The emergency system just blared on local radio stations for people to steer clear of the affected areas and not to drive through the rising waters.
 
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
FLASH FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBANY NY
105 PM EDT SUN JUN 30 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBANY HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR BEAVERDAM DAM IN...SOUTHERN SCHOHARIE
COUNTY.

* UNTIL 400 PM EDT

* AT 102 PM EDT...THE FAILURE OF BEAVERDAM DAM WAS REPORTED BY STATE
EMERGENCY OFFICIALS. LOCATIONS IN THE WARNED AREA MAY EXPERIENCE
RAPID WATER RISES AND FLASH FLOODING RESULTING FROM THIS DAM
FAILURE. THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS SITUATION!

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

MOST FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES. NEVER DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO
AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE ROADWAY. FLOOD WATERS ARE USUALLY
DEEPER THAN THEY APPEAR. JUST ONE FOOT OF FLOWING WATER IS POWERFUL
ENOUGH TO SWEEP VEHICLES OFF THE ROAD. WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED
ROADS MAKE THE SMART CHOICE...TURN AROUND...DONT DROWN.

TO REPORT FLOODING...HAVE THE NEAREST LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY RELAY
YOUR REPORT TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE.
Stay tuned for updates as they come in.
 
Update (3:32 pm): The NWS is reporting that the dam was located upstream of the Stamford Reservoir and that most of the water has simply been captured downstream, with only some spillover on Route 10 in Jefferson.
 
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