Storm slams region, floods Susquehanna SPCA shelter

Julie Lewis | The Daily StarSusquehanna SPCA employees Sue Leonard, left, and Arlene Nygren clean after flooding in the isolation building at the facility in Hyde Park on Friday, Nov. 1.

Heavy rain and high winds the night of Halloween resulted in at least one death, a severe injury, flooding and power outages across most of New York state.

According to The Associated Press, a driver was found dead in the Herkimer county town of Dolgeville after being swept away by flood waters. The Diocese of Albany confirmed the driver was Father Thomas Connery of Glenville, according to WRGB Albany.

A 9-year-old girl who was trick-or-treating suffered fractures when a tree fell on her Thursday, Oct. 31, in New Rochelle, according to the AP.

Safety officials said there were no deaths or injuries reported in Otsego County.

 Robert O’Brien, director of Otsego County 911 communications, said the center received 65 weather-related calls. O’Brien said there were flooded roadways all over the county and 1,700 NYSEG customers were without power, as of Friday afternoon, Nov. 1.

The isolation building of the Susquehanna SPCA suffered flooding, said SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes. The dogs in their kennels were found standing in about a foot of water and the cats’ feet were also wet, Haynes said.

The six cats and three dogs that were there were safe, and were warmed and dried with towels Friday morning. The building was experiencing difficulties with its septic and leach fields, which contributed to the flooding, according to SQSPCA’s Facebook page. All animals were moved to the main kennel. 

Donations and supplies for the SQSPCA can be dropped off at Hillside Kennels in Oneonta, according to SQSPCA’s Facebook page. The shelter is in need of paper towels, gallons of water and large garbage bags.

Shweta Karikehalli, staff writer, can be reached at skarikehalli@thedailystar.com or 607-441-7221.

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