Regional Flood History

1972 Hurricane Agnes- 21 deaths, $600 Million

Hurricane Eloise- $12 Million

Legislatice Hearings

Father’s Day Flooding- Extensive Highway Damage


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


Interagency Task Force Report on Flood Warning

NWS Policy- Encourage Self-Help Flood Warning


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

Computer Equipment and Gauge System On-Line

Flood Stage Mapping by SRBC and COE


Intensified Training

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

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

Reorganization of Corporation

Dedicated Hydrologist Position at Binghamton NWS

Completion of DEC Radio Network


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

Re-Emphasis on Public Education and Wider Adoption of CRS

Summer Drought- Need for Support Services identified

Ice Storm


Hazard Mitigation Grant Sought

Liability Resolved (Intergovernmental Agency)

Multi-Agency Flood Exercise- COE Lead Agency


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

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


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