Elmira/Corning Regional Airport
Looking Back: New Technology Since ’72 Flood
Written By: Tanja Rekhi
STEUBEN COUNTY (WENY) -- Gone are the days of "wait and watch." 42 years ago this week the remnants hurricane Agnes ravaged the Southern Tier.
Many neighbors were unsure of just what the impact would be. Local municipalities got disconnected from the National Weather Service.
"Back in '72 and years prior to that, the information was only available by dailing up on a telephone through a modem and it printed out on a very archaic printer," Tim Marshall, Steuben County Emergency Management.
Since then, times have changed drastically. Local volunteers banded together to increase access to information, locally.
They received grants and support from the community to set things like stream and rain sensors up throughout Steuben, Schuyler, and Chemung Counties.
There are more than 100 different sensors set up throughout the three counties. You can find the information online and is fed to the National Weather Service as well.
"I can go in and pick a particular site, and I can go in and run a chart of when the rain fall fell," said Marshall. "I can get a feel for what rain fell during what time. This enhances our ability to be able to warn the public a lot quicker than what it was in the past."
And as many counties in the Twin Tiers remain under either a flash flood warning or watch, Tim Marshall says it's a good idea to prepare by elevating items in basements, monitor conditions and have a plan in place.