For Immediate Release – August 24, 2011

(HUGUENOT, NY) – Deerpark Town Supervisor Karl A. Brabenec is alerting area residents to the possibility of flooding conditions this weekend due to the progression of Hurricane Irene. Brabenec is putting out this early notice so residents can properly prepare for these conditions.

“The water table and local rivers are still very high from previous rains which makes the the potential for flooding greater this weekend,” said Brabenec. “We will be monitoring the situation and pending storm into the weekend and will be in touch with the County Emergency Management office in case our residents are in need of assistance. Furthermore, we will activate our Emergency operations Center at Town Hall if needed.”

Neighborhoods in Deerpark have been flooded in recent years due to heavy rainstorms, spilling from northern reservoirs, and their closeness in proximity to local rivers. Hurricane Irene is scheduled to hit the area by this Sunday and has the potential for dumping a heavy amount of rainfall in the Hudson Valley. Emergency management officials warn residents to prepare for potential flooding by making sure that you raise any furniture or items that may be in a flood prone area, that you have adequate supplies such as flash lights and a first aid kit, and that residents monitor television, radio, and Internet for updates on any evacuation plans if needed.