'Plan for the worst, hope for the best.' Piermont preps for possible flooding ahead of storm

Officials in Piermont say the storm that is expected Thursday night into Friday could bring the highest surge event in more than five years, along with potentially significant damages from flooding and wave-driven debris.

News 12 Staff

Dec 21, 2022, 11:25 AM

Updated 581 days ago

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The riverfront village of Piermont is preparing for possible floodwaters from the upcoming storm.

"You have to kind of plan for the worst and hope for the best," says Nathan Mitchell, of the Piermont Waterfront Resiliency Commission. 
The commission alerts residents about possible flooding so they can prepare.
They do this by sharing data from the Stevens Institute of Technology. Its current graph for Friday morning shows high tide around 10 a.m. could be almost 5 feet.
"I should be clear on this. Hurricane Sandy was 9.7, we're talking an elevation that at worst case scenario could be mid 5's. So much, much less than Sandy. But significant enough that homes will flood, and streets will likely need to be closed down," says Mitchell. 
The waterfront resiliency group wants people to know that flooding could happen on riverfront properties on Piermont Avenue and parking lot D and the river lot.
Overnight street parking rules will be lifted Thursday so the community can park their cars on higher ground.
Mitchell says there was flooding just earlier this month on Ohio Street.
"So the streets are at about elevation 3, we got about elevation 4.1 worth of water. And that was enough depth of water on the streets to ruin a car," says Mitchell. 
With the storm bringing rain and then frigid temperatures, Mitchell says the firehouse is open to anyone who is impacted from the storm. 
The Piermont DPW will have a limited supply of sandbags for residents starting Thursday.  



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