FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 22, 2022
City of Kingston Flood Advisory for Friday, December 23
Multi-hazard Storm May Cause Dangerous Travel Conditions
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble wishes to inform residents of the potential for a tidal flooding event on Friday, December 23, 2022.
The flooding event is expected to impact businesses and residences near the Hudson River and Rondout Creek areas. Road closures in these areas may be necessary due to flooding.
City officials have reached out to businesses to assist in preparations, and the Kingston Fire Department is working to fill and distribute sandbags to what is expected to be the most impacted areas. The Department of Public Works has been working to clear catch basins and storm drains in advance of the weather event. Flood barriers are being installed at the Waste Water Treatment Plant.
“We encourage all City of Kingston residents who live near the Hudson River or the Rondout Creek to carefully watch the National Weather Service advisories and be prepared for possible flooding,” said Mayor Noble. “Some forecasts are predicting this will be the largest storm surge since Sandy, though will be significantly less impactful than Sandy. Still, we do anticipate flooding, so please be prepared.”
At this point, the water level rise is predicted to begin at around 6:00am on Friday, December 23, and is expected to rise above flood stage by 12:00pm.
In addition to the possibility of tidal flooding, the National Weather Service is forecasting that Ulster County, starting today and lasting into Saturday, December 24, will be impacted by a major multi-hazard storm with snow, heavy rain leading to flash freezing, and high winds. Wind speeds may be 35-55mph across Ulster County. The multi-hazard storm has the potential to cause power outages, flying debris and/or loose objects, and hazardous travel conditions.
A warming center operated by Catholic Charities located at the 2nda Iglesia La Mision Church (80 Elmendorf Street, Kingston) will be open 24 hours a day. The center can be contacted directly at 845-481-4549.