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Nyack Declares State of Emergency; Conditions Worsen

No major flooding downtown, but debris in street

The Village of Nyack has declared a state of emergency in response to , closing its downtown to non-emergency vehicles.

"This declaration will allow the village to better control traffic, implement a curfew if needed, and take other necessary procedures so that we can respond more quickly to any emergencies, village-wide,” said Village Administrator Jim Politi.

A fast current of water is currently rushing down both sides Route 59 and onto Main Street, although the downtown area does not have any major flooding as of 7 a.m. Debris—mainly dirt and stone from tree planters—is in the street.

Several downtown businesses have signs up noting they will not open Sunday—and sandbags piled in front of their doors. The lower level of the shopping complex next to Riverspace already has several inches of rain in it.

Several West Nyackers have already been , and drivers are until 6 p.m. tonight.

Laureen Motto Gallo August 28, 2011 at 12:18 PM
i heard there was a boat washed up into clermont condos parking lot..
Roger S. Cohen August 28, 2011 at 12:35 PM
7:30 am. I'm looking at it. A small boat has been pushed up against the riverbank at the Clermont parking lot. But it has not crashed, is still upright, and is still in the water -- not in the parking lot. The Hudson has not overflowed its banks. -Roger
Brian Duddy August 28, 2011 at 01:17 PM
Left the house at 5AM and headed to Nyack. Captured some incredible video of the flooding, high winds & rain. I was down at the boat incident. Came home for a quick bite to eat and now heading back out for more documentation. Be safe everyone !
Roger S. Cohen August 28, 2011 at 01:37 PM
9:30 am -- Now the Hudson has started to crash over its banks into the parking lot. It's not flooding, but it is heavily eroding the shoreline.
Marie V. Maggio August 28, 2011 at 05:08 PM
We were part of the evacuation in West Nyack as of 6:00 am there was no water but a few hours later property under water. A neighbor said the Lake DeForest berm broke. Unable to obtain any info from Police or United Water or any other source. Does anybody know anything about this?
Kevin Zawacki (Editor) August 28, 2011 at 07:54 PM
Yep, that happened. Video here: http://patch.com/A-l43X

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