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Flood Damage Procedures

Town of Middletown (Delaware County, NY)
Zoning & Building Department Flood Damage Bulletin
Important Safety Information

From Patrick Davis, Code Enforcement Officer | 845.586.2344

The Town of Middletown Building Department has issued guidelines for dealing with flood-damaged structures and debris safely. The Town is working diligently to reach all structures damaged in the flood event. We will get to each and every structure to assess damage, but it will take some time. Because the worst damage is concentrated in the villages of Margaretville and Fleischmanns and the hamlet of Arkville, those areas will be completed first. If you had substantial damage, your structure should have been posted by Monday 8/29 or Tuesday 8/30. If your structure sustained substantial damage and has not yet received a yellow tag, please let my office know immediately.

Yellow Stickers and Their Impact on Access and Usage:

If you have a yellow sticker on your structure, it has sustained some type of structural damage, i.e. decks, foundation, walls, etc. and it is deemed UNSAFE for occupancy. You may NOT sleep there. If your damage is not obvious, i.e. the building has shifted from the foundation or there is a hole, you have the right to enter structures AT YOUR OWN RISK excepting major structural issues, i.e. foundation failures or missing exterior walls. You are not permitted to stay in that structure until you have acquired a building permit to repair the structure. Once those repairs are made, you must have an inspection from my office before occupancy can be resumed.

If You Had Flood Water Enter Your Structure, Follow These Safety Precautions:

  • Please exercise extreme caution as structures are continually settling and posing dangerous conditions.
  • Clean out mud, silt, debris from the structure and basement. This water is contaminated with sewage, fuel, carcinogens, and other hazardous chemicals.
  • Use masks and wear gloves, obtainable at the Catskill Mountain Christian Center (CMCC), Arkville Fire Department (AFD), and Fleischmanns Methodist Church (FMC).
  • Remove any sheetrock and insulation that is wet or has come in contact with flood water
  • Ventilate areas by opening windows and doors and, if available, with fans
  • Disinfect removed objects with a bleach solution: 10 parts water to 1 part bleach. Bleach is available at CCMC, AFD and FMC.
  • ELECTRIC ISSUES: If water rose above electrical service appliances:
    • If your electric panel (indoors) came in contact with water or mud, contact an electrician. Breaker panels will NOT be inspected if basement or interior floors are still wet or muddy.
    • If your electric meter came in contact with water or mud, contact NYSEG: 800.572.1111 or 1131

This notice is intended to be helpful but not inclusive. If you have debris and flood related material remaining you will have to transport it to Walton on your own through September 30. Tipping fees will be waived. Go to the Town Hall for application forms for tipping fee waivers.

Please know that we are doing everything possible to make sure that you are safe during this recovery and clean-up period.

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