Updated 10/28/2012 11:35 PM
County leaders prepare for the storm
As Sandy bears down on the Southern Tier, emergency management teams want to be ready for the storm's wrath. Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke with Broome County leaders who, after last year, are all too familiar with the worst case scenario.
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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- It's a familiar situation, but a new threat for the Southern Tier. Last year a one-two punch from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee brought devastating floods. Now, Hurricane Sandy is threatening, but this time, flooding isn't the main concern.
"This wind storm is going to be the worst we've ever seen. We've never seen this type of storm in the area," said Broome County Executive, Debbie Preston.
Broome County Emergency Services Director Brett Chellis says, "We don't want to let our guard down on the flooding until we know for sure. These tropical systems are very unpredictable."
Governor Andrew Cuomo told Broome County Emergency Management help is on the way.
"They are pushing forward a lot of supplies and equipment as well as personnel to assist the counties in the region. We're taking this as a regional approach," said Chellis.
Two hundred National Guard troops have been deployed to the Southern Tier along with water tankers, chainsaws and three thousand meals.
"What we're heading into is very serious and to know that we have him behind us and he got us all the emergency equipment down here already," said Preston.
Experts do have advice for when the storm arrives.
"Listen, be ready, and whatever they do don't travel around live power lines and keep safe. The best is to stay inside through the storm," Chellis said.
Officials say Sandy should be in the area Monday night and by then local officials will know if a state of emergency is necessary.