COEYMANS, N.Y. - The Town of Coeymans, under the direction of Town Supervisor Stephen Flach, has issued a voluntary evacuation order for the residents of the Miller and Kruger Roads in the Town of Coeymans.
The order is effective Monday, October 29th at 8:00 a.m.
These two roads are prone to flooding problems and have been the location of water rescues in the past.
During Hurricane Irene, firefighters' lives were placed in serious jeopardy when they had to use a boat to rescue residents who had not evacuated when advised to do so.
This evacuation order has been issued in advance of the potential impact of Hurricane Sandy during the next several hours.
Coeymans Police notified residents of the affected area by going door to door in the neighborhood.
Residents and property owners are strongly urged to secure their property immediately by storing items above potential flood levels and prepare for the possibility of an extended evacuation.
It is possible that access to those areas which have experienced flooding in the past will be impassable for a few, to several days.
The Town of Coeymans strongly suggests that residents heed this evacuation order and leave by Monday morning.
When notifying the residents to evacuate, Coeymans Police Chief Gregory Darlington stated "This storm will bring significant rainfall and the potential for major flooding. Should this occur, rescue workers may not be able to reach stranded residents."
He also noted that it is possible that electrical service will be interrupted for several days and travel through the community may be limited.
Residents are asked to contact the Town of Coeymans Emergency Center at 518-756-2059 and report when they have safely evacuated.
Residents in need of special assistance are also asked to contact the Coeymans Communications center prior to the storm to advise emergency workers if they may need special assistance.
The Coeymans Emergency Operations Center also provided residents with the following information and advice:
• Put fuel in your evacuation vehicle. Long lines may occur at fuel stations throughout the region.
• Take essentials with you that would provide sustainability for one week, including one week's worth of clothing, linens, bedding, and medicines.
• If you have a "safe haven" to visit like a friend or relative's home, make contact and tell them you are coming.
• Be sure to have cellular phones and computers fully charged and bring chargers with you.
• Secure all objects outside of your property and bring them inside, including trash cans, chairs, tables, and umbrellas. Try to store items as high as possible above potential flood levels.
• If you plan on visiting a shelter, please bring any medicines in their original prescription bottles. Bring your own pillows and linens, and comfortable clothes.