Gov. Hochul: Orange County hit with “1 in a thousand-year weather event.”

At a news conference in Highlands Falls, Hochul said the area was hit with 9 inches of rain in a flash flood emergency that New York has not seen since Hurricane Ida.

Blaise Gomez

Jul 10, 2023, 5:09 PM

Updated 285 days ago

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Gov. Kathy Hochul toured areas in Orange County today that were heavily damaged by storms and called it a “one in a thousand-year weather event.”
At a news conference in Highlands Falls, Hochul said the area was hit with 9 inches of rain in a flash flood emergency that New York has not seen since Hurricane Ida.
Roads and bridges were washed away. Some people had to be evacuated from their homes or rescued from their cars.
Hochul says more than 1,000 emergency workers were deployed to assist local governments. She also thanked New York State Police and other departments for saving people from submerged cars and helping evacuate more than 700 train passengers in Putnam County.
Local authorities say there were hundreds of emergency calls at the height of the storm and that many folks in Highland Falls are without water because of a water main break.
State and county officials say the area will need federal help and is likely looking at tens of millions of dollars in damages.


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