June 29, 2006

1800 hours

Lyle “Butch” Jones

Otsego County Emergency Service Coordinator


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  The Otsego County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is currently in the last phases of response to the Summer Storms Event of 2006 and beginning the recovery phase. County Board Chairman Donald Lindberg had opened the county roads but warns that many may be treacherous and exercise extreme caution.


Many county roads are still impassable.  Extreme caution should be taken.  Drive slowly and drive only when absolutely necessary.  The status of Otsego County road closures is available in map and written format on the county website   The road closures are updated on the website as they occur. If you do not have access to a website you can contact the EOC at 607-547-4328. 


The NY Army National Guard provided a helicopter reconnaissance flight this afternoon for key personnel from the EOC and the Daily Star to record and assess the damage.  The flight covered the critical areas from Cooperstown along the Susquehanna River to Oneonta to Unadilla and returned along the western part of the county. 


The NYS Fire Service has reached out to fire service across the state for Storm Emergency Fire Units (SEFU).  Currently units from Ontario, Chemung and Schoharie counties have come to the aid of the City of Oneonta, Otego, Laurens, Hartwick and Mt. Vision.


Garbage pickup has become difficult.  Garbage haulers have the same issues with closed roads. As a result of the high water the MOSA Recycling Station in Oneonta is closed at least until Monday July 3rd.  For those residents who do not have garbage pickup, arrangements need to made to take it to another site.  To find the location closest to you, a complete list of drop off locations can be found on the county website or contact the county Solid Waste office at 607-547-4225.  Schoharie County MOSA will be opened for Otsego County residents.  It is located at exit 22 of I-88, one mile from Howe Caves on Route 7.


The Red Cross has a shelter open at Littel Hall at SUNY Oneonta with 147 evacuees.  Two other shelters are open at Unatego High School housing 130 evacuees and Hartwick College is housing 119 evacuees.








The State Health Department has issued GUIDELINES FOR RESIDENTIAL OIL SPILL SITUATION.   Questions about spill related problems or environmental quality concerns can be directed to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Region IV from 8:30 AM – 4:45 PM at 518-357-2234.  Spills should be reported to the DEC Hotline 24 hours a day at 800-457-7362.


Oil fired furnaces or boilers should not be started until they have been checked by a service technician.  If oil product spills on the ground it should be removed using a vactruck or absorbent pads.


If a petroleum product contaminates a drinking well, the water will most likely have an odor.  DO NOT DRINK THE WATER.


Short term exposure to petroleum products can cause irritation of the eyes, skin and respiratory tract; headaches, tiredness and dizziness.  Increased exposure can cause nausea and vomiting; and extreme exposure can result in coma or death.  The elderly, infants and those with heart, breathing or nervous system problems may have an increased risk of effects from exposure.  I t is important to minimize exposure.  If you experience persistent symptoms, see your doctor.


The NYS Health Department has also issued FOOD HANDLING FOR EMERGENCY SHELTERS.    Improper food handling or preparation can make people sick.  A complete copy of the guidelines can be found at or contact the State Health Department Oneonta District at 607-432-3911.


Emergency Water System Disinfection Procedures can be found at or contact the EOC at 607-547-4366.