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F.W.S. Timeline History
1972 Hurricane Agnes- 21 deaths, $600 Million
1976

Hurricane Eloise- $12 Million

Legislatice Hearings

Father's Day Flooding- Extensive Highway Damage

1978

Major COE Dam 300 sq. miles (COE-U.S. Army Corp of Engineers)

High Water- Evaluation of NWS (National Weather Service) Flood Forecasting System by SRBC(Susquehanna River Basin Commission)

NYS Disaster Preparedness Commission Formed

1979

Interagency Task Force Report on Flood Warning

NWS Policy- Encourage Self-Help Flood Warning

1980

Consensus on Need for Self-Help in Chemung County

Steering Committee Formed

MOU (memorandum of understanding) Executed

Goals Adopted

1981 Corporation Formed
1982 Forecast Models Provided by NWS and DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation)
1984 Hornell/Canisteo Disaster
1985

Computer Equipment and Gauge System On-Line

Flood Stage Mapping by SRBC and COE

1986

Intensified Training

Benefit/Cost Analysis by DEC using NWS Models:4 to 1

1987 Development of Chemical Hazard Information Team (C.H.I.T.)
1988

Reorganization of Corporation

Dedicated Hydrologist Position at Binghamton NWS

Completion of DEC Radio Network

1989

C.H.I.T. Operational

Hurricane Hugo

Liability Issue (Insurance unavailable because of C.H.I.T. Function)

1990 Community Rating System (CRS) On-Line
1991

Re-Emphasis on Public Education and Wider Adoption of CRS

Summer Drought- Need for Support Services identified

Ice Storm

1992

Hazard Mitigation Grant Sought

Liability Resolved (Intergovernmental Agency)

Multi-Agency Flood Exercise- COE Lead Agency

1993

Blizzard of 1993 Spring Flooding

Radar Software Acquired for Counties

Self Developement of Data Acquisition Software

1994 Hurricane Beryl- $7-10 Million in New York State
1996

Heavy rains cause Flash Flooding during November in SE Steuben County

Mild January temperatures brought rain and snowmelt causing many closed roadways and some flooding to low areas

1998

 

 

Heavy rains and severe thunderstorms damage many roadways in N. Steuben County, prompting Presidential Disaster Declaration