FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 18, 2023
Mayor Urges Waterfront Residents to Prepare for Tidal Flooding Monday, December 18
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble wishes to inform residents of dangerous conditions caused by tidal flooding that will continue into the evening of Monday, December 18, 2023.
The next high tide is expected at about 5:45pm today, with conditions anticipated to worsen between 3:30-6:00pm. The flooding event is expected to impact businesses and residences near the Hudson River and Rondout Creek areas. Please expect all waterfront streets will be closed to through traffic and additional road closures in the area may also be necessary.
Mayor Noble said, “This storm system brought 4.5 inches of rain to Kingston as of 1:00pm today. With this amount of rain, Kingston has seen flooding in various neighborhoods throughout the City. I want to thank the members of the Kingston Fire Department as well as our Department of Public Works, Kingston Police Department, and Kingston Parks and Recreation for helping to keep our residents safe, our City systems in operation, and helping to prepare for tonight's expected tidal flooding.
“I encourage 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. It is likely that you may not be able to reach your home or leave your home until the high tide recedes later this evening. It is critical to not drive into areas that are flooded.”
In preparation for tonight's tidal flooding the Fire Department and DPW staff have mobilized to provide sandbags to businesses and waterfront properties as needed. Flood barriers are being installed at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Please visit the City of Kingston Flood Preparedness page to learn more about what you can do to be prepared for these types of weather events: https://www.kingston-ny.gov/floodpreparedness