State of Emergency Declared in Rockland County


rockland-stormRockland county has been hit with a massive storm that dumped an enormous amount of rain in a short period of time leaving roadways, houses and people in vehicle flooded and stranded.

The County Executive Vanderhoef declared a State of Emergency for Rockland County, effective 1 p.m. today, due to the heavy rain and flooding that are impacting the county.

“We’ve been hit pretty hard,” Rockland Fire and Emergency Services Coordinator Gordon Wren said about the downpour that started just before 11:30 a.m. today. “The ground being saturated makes matter worse. “We’re getting pounded.”

Hatzolah and Chaverim volunteers were out  in full force as calls came in about people stranded in water.

Reb Moshe Goldberger, who lives off Union Road in Spring Valley, said the first-floor of his house and garage is flooded. Several of his neighbors also face flooding.

Goldberger said this is the fourth time since August and area residents are not getting any help from the Spring Valley, Ramapo or the county.

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