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State of emergency declared in Johnsburg, flooding closes roads

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Johnsburg Town Hall Photo by Andy Flynn.

— Town of Johnsburg Supervisor Ron Vanselow declared a state of emergency this morning as heavy rain caused flash flooding and road closures throughout the town.

“Going through that process opens the door for certain funding for repairs,” Vanselow said of the state of emergency declaration. “Potentially I could do travel restrictions and that kind of thing.”

Vanselow issued the state of emergency after being advised to do so by Brian A. LaFlure, director/fire coordinator at the Warren County Office of Emergency Services. LaFlure issued a list of road closures this morning due to flash flooding of creeks.

Roads closed

•Back to Sodom Rd – Peaceful Valley Rd to Oven Mountain Rd

•Big Hollow Rd – off Igerna Rd flooding

•Cooper Hill Rd off Peaceful Valley Rd

•Beach Rd off 13th Lake Rd

•Beartown Rd – washout on GF Mountain Rd – Luzerne

•Bird Pond Rd in Chester between 562 – 664 water across road and shoulders washing out Update @ 0852 - Bird Pond Rd t/Chester – closed to all traffic between Igerna Rd and Owens Rd due to flooding

•Update @ 0939 - Culvert out on Glen Creek Rd ¼ mile in from South Johnsburg Rd. The rest of Glen Creek Rd is accessible from Rt 28.

Other roads affected

•Ski Bowl Rd near land fill – washed down to Rt 28

•Barton’s Mine Rd near Rogers Rd – Culvert washed out

•Barton’s Mines Rd near Hayes Rd – water over road – homes endanger of flooding

•Rt 8 2 miles West of Bakers Mills – water across rd.

•Rt 28N @ Byrnes Rd – trees and lines down – Nat Grid notified

•Pilot Knob Rd near 1502 for trees and lines down

•Rogers road – bridge out

The town of Johnsburg Facebook page offers this advice: “There is a lot of flooding everywhere so please be alert when you’re driving. Do not cross a flooded roadway. Turn Around - Don’t Drown!”

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