Deluge causes states of emergency in 4 towns; residents advised to boil water

GREENPORT—The Columbia County towns of Kinderhook, New Lebanon, Stuyvesant and Chatham have all declared States of Emergency.
   Travel within those townships is restricted.
   Standing water is present on several main and secondary roads.  Motorists should not travel through the water and are advised that if they encounter standing water, they should turn around safely and seek alternate routes of travel.
   Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Arthur Baer and Emergency Management Director William Black made the announcement in a press release Thursday morning.
   Columbia County Health Department spokesman Marge Costello, RN, advised residents in those areas to boil their water for 15 minutes with covers on to destroy any bacteria that may be present due to the flooding.
   Additionally, anyone who believes their well has been infected by flooding waters, should disinfect it prior to use.  Residents should contact their local Town Hall or the county Health Department for instructions on disinfecting it.   
   Attached is a listing of road closures within Columbia County:
*County Route 9 south of Gale Hill Road, New Lebanon  
*County Routes 24 and 5, Canaan (mudslide)
*County Route 29 from Route 23B to Hiscox Road, Greenport
*County Route 31, Livingston
*Phelps Road, Chatham between Thomas and Rock City roads  
*County Route 24, Canaan, between County Route 9 and Stonewall Road
*Entrance to Route 9H from Route 9, Kinderhook
*Albany Turnpike Road, Chatham
*East Shore Drive, Chatham
*Harris Road to County Route 28, Chatham
*County Route 31 to Walkers Mill Road, Livingston
*50 Woodbridge Avenue, Chatham
*Hennett Road, Kinderhook
*Bachus Road to Route 66, Chatham
*Hollow Road, Stuyvesant, except emergency vehicles
*Route 20 to County Route 9 north, New Lebanon
*Route 9H, 4 lanes south of Route 9, Kinderhook
*Spook Rock Road, between Webb and Hiscox roads, Greenport
*Mount Merino Road to Route 9G, Greenport
*65 Chatham Street, Village of Kinderhook
*County Route 16, Claverack, (landslide)
*Route 9 at Schodack Landing Road, Kinderhook
*564 Route 23, Claverack
*Route 22 North, New Lebanon
*Schnackenberg Road, Ghent
*888 County Route 28, Niverville
*Hand Hill Road West at County Route 9, New Lebanon
*County Route 28B, Kinderhook at Ottoville and Hidden Acres roads
*County Route 9, New Lebanon at Haddock Hill and Wadsworth Hill roads
*Stevers Crossing Road at Summit Street, Philmont
*Gibbons Road at Hollow Road, Stuyvesant
*Silvernail Road at Hicks Road, Chatham
*Reed Road at Richmond Road, Chatham
*Church Lane, Chatham
*Goold Road at County Route 28, Chatham
*Route 20 at Darrow Road, New Lebanon (mudslide)
*Hankey Mull Road, New Lebanon
*Merwin Road at White Mills Road, Chatham
*Reed Road, Ghent
*Route 66 at Reed Road, Ghent
*Kinderhook Lane, New Lebanon
*County Route 13 at Albany Turnpike, Chatham
*County Route 28 at Harris Drive, Chatham
*Route 9J
*Parker Hall Road, Kinderhook

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