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Nor’easter hits area — Fulton County

JOHNSTOWN — Local authorities are reminding the public to be aware of possible flash flooding situations and downed power lines with today’s heavy rains.

Fulton County Emergency Management Director Steven Santa Maria this morning issued updates that indicated Fulton County had not had any reports of “major storm-related damage.”

According to information from the Fulton County Emergency Management/Fire Coordinators office, at 9:30 a.m., minor flooding at Fical Road and Co Hwy 119 in the town of Ephratah was reported. Eaker Road in the town has been closed due to water over the roadway, per Ephratah Highway Superintendent Alan Cretser.

Then, at 10:15 a.m. the office reported that Kasson Drive in the town of Caroga had been closed between County Highway 111 and Route 10 for minor roadway flooding.

Santa Maria said his Emergency Management Office in Johnstown had deputy coordinators fanned out in each quadrant of the county, checking streams and the typical spots flooding occurs. All were reporting no major problems, he said.

“We’re not in bad shape,” Santa Maria said today. “I got guys keeping an eye on the [Fulton County] streams.”

There has been some basement flooding reported and the appropriate fire departments are doing pump outs, he said.

One road in the town of Northampton was temporarily closed due to a tree coming down with wires involved. Santa Maria said the road has since been reopened. He said the Fulton County Highway Department today was reporting no known road closures and no major problems.

“We are a bit concerned with the winds that are being predicted,” Santa Maria stated in an email. “The combination of wind and wet leaves may cause additional trees to come down.”

Albany-based National Weather Service forecaster Ray O’Keefe said this morning that there were no general flash flood warnings for the Capital Region and the Mohawk Valley. But he did say there was a flood warning in place today for the Canajoharie Creek.

O’Keefe said approximately 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches of rain was expected from this wet weather system, which was slowly leaving the area.

“There’s a low pressure center that has trended to our east,” the forecaster said.

He said the rain would be mostly over the Capital Region through the day, but it will eventually head toward Maine.

“The general feeling is that by early afternoon we should be transitioning into lighter showers,” O’Keefe said.

National Grid today was prepared for storm activity across Upstate New York state. Utility spokesman Patrick Stella said the firm reminds customers to keep safety a priority before, during and after the rainstorm.

Reminders were issued to the public in two different areas related to generator safety and staying informed.

A news release indicated that if a power outage occurs, customers can notify National Grid online to expedite restoration.

Never touch downed power lines; always assume they are carrying live electricity. Downed lines should immediately be reported to National Grid at 1-800-867-5222 or by calling 911.

Generators used to supply power during an outage must be operated outdoors to prevent the buildup of deadly carbon monoxide. Before operating a generator, be sure to disconnect from National Grid’s system by shutting off the main breaker, located in the electric service panel. Failure to do this could endanger our crews and your neighbors.

National Grid wants the public to stay informed and “connected” during storms.

For real-time power outage information, online outage reporting, and in-depth storm safety information, visit National Grid’s Outage Central website. Customers who create an online profile also can sign up for email alerts.

Customers also can enroll in outage alerts by texting REG to 64743. Enrolled customers will receive personalized alerts by text, email, and/or phone when National Grid detects an outage on their property. Customers also can text OUT to 64743 to report an outage.

Please note that only active electric accounts can enroll in outage alerts.

The public can also visit the National Grid website: www.nationalgridus.com, follow them on Twitter and friend them on Facebook.

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