2017 September 01

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After Severe Weather
Albany County
Appropiate Roads
Big Pond
City of Albany
Mallet Pond State Forest
Piseco-Powley Road
Zoar Valley

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Map: Zoar Valley Unique Area

Map: Zoar Valley Unique Area

"Zoar Valley" often refers inclusively to the larger valley of the Cattaraugus, but the state Multiple Use Area specifically encompasses an eight-mile section of the creek's Main Branch Canyon and three miles of the smaller South Branch. Canyon depths here are by far the greatest within the entire river corridor, ranging up to 380 feet in the South Branch and 480 feet along the Main Branch. Several nearly vertical rock faces approach 400 feet. Zoar Valley contains some of the last stands of old growth forest in Western New York.

Encompassing more than 2,939 acres in total, the Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area (MUA) is one of the most scenic, ecologically diverse and potentially sensitive environmental areas in Western New York. A favorite spot among local hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, Zoar Valley is known for the spectacular scenery created by its deep gorge, sheer cliffs, flowing waterfalls and dense forests.


Google Maps: Albany County One Percent Chance Of Flooding Per Year

This interactive map shows the FEMA Flood Maps for Albany County. Highlighted areas have a 1% yearly flood risk, or a 26% risk of flooding at least once every 30 years.

Red on the map are areas designated AE presents a 1 percent annual chance of flooding. This area is more commonly referred to as the base flood area or the 100-year flood plain. Because flood zone AE is prone to flood, property owners with mortgages from federally regulated lenders in these zones must buy flood insurance if they live in a community that participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Orange on the map are areas inundated by 100 year flooding, for which no base flood elevation have been established.

Yellow on the map are areas inundated by 100-year flooding (usually sheet flow on sloping terrain), for which average depths have been determined; flood depths range from 1 to 3 feet.

Data Source: FEMA Flood Map Service, Albany County Flood Maps. https://msc.fema.gov/portal/search