We spoke to our son a few minutes ago. The water behind our house is up to our fence meaning any more rain and our back yard is going to flood. (we are in a 500 year flood zone). The 500 years may have arrived as our son is fighting what I fear is a losing battle to keep water out of the basement. We have a basement drain and water is coming up it-if he tries to dump down the sink he hears water gurgling - a sump pump would be of no use.
We couldn't get to our home if we wanted to (if we weren't 7 hours away on a good day, anyway) as the flood walls are up. The town erects portable flood walls in several locations and they are up, so our neighborhood is cut off. My job is closed because downtown Binghamton is in major danger of flooding. They have turned the event center at BU into a shelter and there are other Red Cross shelters set up.
The Weather Channel is broadcasting at the corner of Main and Front St. in Binghamton as I type. The river is right up to the flood wall. Downtown itself has never ever flooded. We will hit record stage this people. People are coming out to gawk. Well I might have been one of them.
All the schools are closed. Thre is a long list of closing on a TV channel website - as bad as a major blizzard. The only good news is - I can now stop talking about Irene.
Wish my son luck.