Saturday, January 13, 2018

 

 

 

Ice jam causes massive flooding in Westbrookville

MHNN exclusive

WESTBROOKVILLE – Families were rescued and evacuated from their homes in Westbrookville on Friday as warming temperatures caused the breakup of ice on Pine Kill Creek, resulting in an ice jam and extensive flooding.              

Firefighters assisted at least two families in escaping from their home, and others in evacuating to safer quarters as water extended across properties and surrounded multiple homes and structures in its path.

As of mid-afternoon, about 15 individuals had relocated to Westbrookville’s firehouse where they received food and shelter.  Others had evacuated to homes of friends and relatives.

Rapidly flowing water ran across properties, surrounded structures, and carried huge chunks of ice, logs, garbage cans, and other debris as it made its way through woods, across fields, and over Route 209.

Westbrookville Past Chief Andy Mikulski said the two families were assisted from the second floor of their home by firefighters from Mamakating who used a front-end bucket loader to help get them out.

Mikulski said the Pike Kill Creek had several areas of concern in its path that stretches across a large area, including from Yankee Lake to the Neversink River and then to the Delaware River.

First Assistant Chief Bill Lattimer, who was on scene near a bridge that runs over Route 209, said the flooding happened suddenly as a result of the thaw.  Multiple units were on scene and attempting to redirect the flow by moving ice to keep channels open.

Mikulski, reached mid-afternoon at Westbrookville’s firehouse for a follow-up, said it seemed that issue may be easing up. He felt the situation was handled well and was grateful for the fast, safe evacuation of all who needed to leave flooded areas.

At around 8 on Saturday morning, firefighters in Cuddebackville were called out to Grove Street for a report of two houses surrounded by water and ice with the occupants unable to get out on their own.

 


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