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Marion Volunteer Firefighter Denny Carr, right, watches as Greener Pastures No Kill Animal Rescue volunteers Chris Farley, from left, Tim Shoemaker and Danny Snyder rescue a horse from rising flood waters in Marion, PA, Monday, June 26, 2006. Animals at the sanctuary were moved to higher ground as the water continued to rise. AP Photo, Public Opinion, Markell DeLoatch

Dogs wait for rescue in Sussex County Delaware.
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A LESSON LEARNED: From Veda Stram,, 7/1/06 — I was reminded last night about how much work we have to do. A National Guardsman who was working in one of the flooded areas in the Northeast told a national news reporter: ’People are wondering about how flooded their houses were and someone asked me if their cats were still alive.’ After all the Katrina coverage, they actually left their cats when they evacuated. Good grief!


INITIAL REPORT FROM NOAH’S WISH: From Terri Crisp, Director of Field Operations, 6/29/06 — Noah’s Wish has been monitoring floods in the Northeast. Phone calls have been made to emergency management and animal welfare organizations regionwide. At this time there are no significant animal needs. With flood waters starting to recede it looks like the worst flooding has already occurred. Noah’s Wish volunteers have been put on alert.
Pennsylvania: Where To Bring Companion Animals

From Gretchen Sauder 7/3/06: Although I have not heard of any crisis concerning pets in the NE with the flooding that is going on or did go on last week, I am sending along for FYI purposes. I can always count on Patty in CA to prepare a trial for evacuation plans which she updates me on. Patty by the way takes care of 1000 cats in her shelter.

From Patty Dennis 7/3/06: Several local motels are accepting pets accompanied by guests who are evacuated from their homes because of flooding threats. The Luzerne County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals provided this list of pet-friendly sites:
EconoLodge: 823-0600
Host Inn: 270-4678
Victoria Inns: 655-1234
Red Roof Inn: 829-6422
Super 8: 654-3301
SPCA is also accepting evacuee pets on a temporary basis. A tent is set up at the Mohegan Sun parking lot to accommodate pets.

  • Volunteer at the SPCA.
  • Make a cash donation to help defray additional costs of boarding extra animals.
  • Provide a foster home for any animal.
  • CALL THE SPCA, 825-4111, or go to the shelter in Plains Township.
    Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Luzerne County
Emergency Animal Rescue Services (EARS) Action Report

Last Updated July 2, 2006: By Alexis Raymond, Communications Director
Location: New York Flooding / EARS Region Northeast, Contact: Kay Mayfield
Weather/Disaster Activity: Heavy rain has caused severe flooding and evacuations in New York and Pennsylvania. As of Friday, June 30, more than 1,000 people where rescued from their homes in the Conklin, New York area. Water levels have receded, but many people are still unable to return to their homes.
EARS Update: The state of New York has requested UAN assistance with flood recovery in the area around Binghamton, New York. Currently search and rescue operations are being conducted for people and animals. Kay Mayfield, EARS National Director, is on site and assisting the local shelter with their recovery efforts. JUNE-JULY, 2006
Flooding Swamps Thousands

Floodwaters have submerged a huge swath across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, with more storms in the forecast. For many residents anxious to check on their flood damage, Thursday was a matter of "wait-and-see."

The water has not yet receded in towns like Binghamton, New York. There, Broome County officials reported that the nearby town of Conklin was devastated, and it could take several more days for water to recede there. Water was still rising in parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, though residents in Wilkes-Barre, PA, dodged the threat of catastrophic flooding. In northern Pennsylvania, more than 1,000 people were rescued from rooftops or from the second floors of their homes, according to reports from the governor’s office. Officials are still watching Delaware River in southeast Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

At least 16 people are dead. With rivers still rising, and many roads inaccessible, officials are unable to begin damage assessments in many locations. Homes and roads are swamped across large sections of New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania. In Maryland, a flash flood warning still lingers near the city of Rockville, where officials are assessing the Lake Needwood Dam, according to the National Weather Service.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) issued a national statement urging people to take their pets when they evacuate. Animals who are turned loose or left behind to fend for themselves are likely to become victims of starvation, predators, contaminated food or water, accidents, or exposure to the elements, according to HSUS. JUNE-JULY, 2006
DELAWARE: Cats, Chained Dogs, And Farmed Animals Are At Risk

6/30/06 Update: Delawareans Respond with Help for Animals; Horses and Many Dogs Saved — The crisis has subsided as Delaware’s large humane organizations stepped in to assist and coordinate. Concerned animal lovers across Delaware began to mobilize for help as soon as the crisis became known. Whimsical Animal Rescue, Inc. of Seaford was quickly contacted by Delaware Humane Association, and calls were referred to Delaware Humane and Kent County SPCA for assistance.

Tammy Magaha, President of Whimsical Animal Rescue, Inc. and Sussex County Animal Association, reports "Things are fine here now. We got calls on 13 dogs and 5 horses stranded/swimming etc." All have been reunited with guardians. She also confirmed that cats perished and expressed concern for many chained dogs. The number of farm animals who drowned will take time to ascertain but is estimated to be in the tens of thousands. The Washington Post reported that as many as 80,000 chickens died in the Delmarva area, citing one farmer in Dorechester County, MD who alone lost 30,000 4-week old chickens.

6/29/06 Update: John Caldwell, director of Delaware SPCA, says shelters and homeless animals are doing pretty well considering. That assessment describes homeless pets in shelters and SPCA. Mr. Caldwell said they are not seeing a loss of life or influx into shelters at this moment. Best Friends is currently checking with other agencies to see if help is needed.

PENNSYLVANIA: PA Begins Flood Cleanup

Heather Moyer, New Hope, PA, 6/30/06 — As Pennsylvania cleans up after 11 inches of rainfall in six days, 34 counties are under consideration for federal disaster declaration. Residents along the Susquehanna, Delaware, Schuykill and Lehigh rivers cope with what the swollen rivers left behind. "This storm system devastated a large portion of the commonwealth," said Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell. Five deaths are blamed on flooding in the state. Residents removed soggy belongings from flooded homes and businesses, with some areas now cleaning up after the third flood in two years. Televised images show many homes still partially underwater. Yardley and New Hope along the Delaware River, and then Bloomsburg along the Susquehanna River, look to be the hardest hit communities, a Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) spokesperson said.

Rivers and streams remain at flood stage in many areas, including Wilkes-Barre and all down the state’s eastern border with New Jersey. Manlove said 13 shelters remain active across the state with more than 1,300 occupants… Counties under consideration for federal disaster declaration are Adams, Armstrong, Berks, Bradford, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Indiana, Jefferson, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne, Wyoming and York.

Levees hold in PA  /  Susan Kim, Baltimore, 6/29/06 — Threat of catastrophic flooding was lifted as the levees held near Wilkes-Barre, PA, where some 200,000 were ordered to evacuate. But that doesn’t mean residents completely dodged the bullet. Local authorities emphasized that they were still assessing damage to homes, business and utilities… Wilkes-Barre is in northeastern Pennsylvania. It was devastated by flooding in 1972 when the remnants of Hurricane Agnes swept through. The city is now protected by levees. JUNE-JULY, 2006
NEW JERSEY: The State Sees Repeat Flooding

Heather Moyer, Phillipsburg, NJ, 6/29/06 — Parts of New Jersey now cope with flooding from heavy rains — the third flood in two years for residents. National Weather Service (NWS) forecasters predict more rain and thunderstorms for the area. Some of the thunderstorms are expected to drop as much as two inches of rain, prompting NWS to warn residents of flash floods for the afternoon.

On Wednesday, thousands fled their homes as water inundated cities and neighborhoods. Many residents are experiencing the third flood in two years. Remnants of Hurricane Ivan deluged the state in 2004. Heavy rains again flooded the region in the spring of 2005. In Phillipsburg, the flooded Delaware River shut down roads and entire neighborhoods. The situation is similar for many communities along the Delaware River in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Residents in Stockton, Mercer County and Trenton cope with high water as well. Many residents fled from floodwaters closing in on their homes… State officials say the extent of the damage is not yet known and just because the river is expected to crest does not mean the worst is over for now… The entire state remains under a state of emergency. Other rivers at risk of flooding include the Ramapo and the Passaic. JUNE-JULY, 2006
OHIO: Damage Assessment

Susan Kim, Baltimore, 6/24/06 — Ohio emergency management officials are assessing damages after severe storms. Thousands of people were still without power earlier this week but most power was restored by Saturday morning. The storms brought heavy rain and 110-mph wind gusts to wide portions of the state. Hundreds of residents were out removing flood-damaged possessions. Northern Ohio got some of the heaviest rain and flood damage. Flash flooding in Toledo, Norwalk and Port Clinton forced evacuations… The National Weather Service reported possible tornado touchdowns in Allen, Mercer and Holmes counties. High straight-line winds downed trees and power lines all over the state.

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