Flooding in Binghamton, New York

It’s not generally the business of Into the Forest to report on natural disasters, but when nature shows up in your back yard it’s hard not to take notice.

otsiningo park in the flood of 2011

otsiningo park in the flood of 2011

These pictures were taken around 1:00 in the afternoon today at Otsiningo Park in Dickinson, New York. The Chenango River runs alongside the park, and through the north side of Binghamton to its confluence with the Susquehanna River in the center of the city.

otsiningo park in the flood of 2011

otsiningo park in the flood of 2011

As you can see, Otsiningo Park is almost completely submerged at this point, and the river is expected to rise further throughout the afternoon. A number of people were walking around, looking at the river. Some of them commented that the downtown area is now completely closed, and has mostly been evacuated.

otsiningo park in the flood of 2011

otsiningo park in the flood of 2011

The Chenango River seems to be within a couple of feet of over-topping its banks south of the Bevier Street Bridge as well, at which point Cheri Lindsay Memorial Park, a Binghamton municipal park, may find itself in much the same condition as Otsiningo.

More importantly, a long stretch of business and residential property will be inundated. If you’re in the city, the FEMA flood maps available at the Broome County GIS Portal may be of interest. On the other hand, you might just get out now while you can if you have a place to go. It’s all helicopters and sirens in here.

 

 

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