With just six weeks since the record March 2nd flood (see March 2nd flood photos and flood videos - video and photos from today are below) and some residents not yet back into their homes, Rye battled it out again today with torrential rain and flooding. Rye flooding assured its continued place in conversations, local newspapers and city council meetings when the Blind Brook started spilling over its banks at 3 or 4pm this afternoon.
By 6:30pm, the City of Rye Police Department issued a reverse 911 call to residents warning the Blind Brook was reaching the top of the Bowman Avenue spillway. The call warned residents, especially those in Indian Village, to move vehicles to high ground and to be ready to evacuate if necessary.
The City has opened a temporary shelter at Rye Country Day School.
Video (above) shows the Blind Brook flooding into the parking lot of the Rye YMCA on April 15, 2007 at 4:15pm. On the other side the the brook in the Rye Free Reading Room, Rye's public library.
Video (above) shows the Blind Brook flooding along the Boston Post Road just outside downtown Rye. Most of the property you can see backs up into the Rye Nature Center, although you can see some homes on Loewen Court at the beginning of the video.
Beaver Swamp Brook (above) floods over its banks onto Park Avenue in Rye, New York (NY) on April 15, 2007 at 3:45pm. You can see how the water was backing up and spraying up out of the storm drains and how badly the backyards of some homes were flooded.
Video (above) shows Rye's Blind Brook flooding along Elm Place in downtown Rye on April 15, 2007 at 4:15pm. Rye Public Works and Con Ed were out protecting residents. You can see how the flooding condition gives the bridges across the Blind Brook a beating.