FDNY MEMBERS TRAVEL TO BINGHAMTON TO HELP WITH FLOODING
FDNY members are traveling to Binghamton, NY, in Broome County, today to help local officials and residents who have been overwhelmed by recent flooding as per the request of the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control.
Heavy rains brought on by Hurricanes Irene and Lee have caused water levels to reach higher than 23 feet today, more than 10 feet above the flood stage and more than two feet higher than in 2006 - one of the largest floods in the city's history.
Forty members of the FDNY's Special Operations Command traveled to the area to perform swift water rescue operations.
Fifty members of the FDNY's Incident Management Team, who oversee planning and operations at large-scale disasters, also are preparing to leave for Binghamton. They were requested to provide support for the Emergency Operations Center and Rescue Operations in Broome County.
** Assistant Chief James Manahan will be speaking to the media at the Fire Academy on Randalls Island at 5 p.m. **
Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon & Paul Iannizzotto, (FDNY)