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First and foremost, staying safe for Beer Tree River Float 2019

PORT CRANE (WBNG) — Saturday is Beer Tree River Float 2019, the second year of the event. After storms caused trouble for last year’s floats, organizers have learned a few valuable lessons.

Broome County Emergency Services has been monitoring river levels for weeks now.

Director Michael Ponticello says right now it’s at three feet. That’s less than half of last year’s level, when severe rain storms swelled the river to seven feet.

The float takes off from outside of Chenango Valley State Park and ends at the brewery down river. County officials say last year’s experience has helped them prepare for this year’s event.

“Because we had really heavy rains leading up to it last year, it helped them fine tune their decision making process; they did have to end up canceling and going to the rain date last year,” Ponticello told 12 News. “It helped fine tune those processes of what’s gonna work to make sure everyone has a safe and fun event.”

Officials said there is no cause for concern weather-wise for Saturday’s event as temperatures are expected to be in the 70s for a beautiful day.

They did caution to bring plenty of sunscreen and drinkable water for the float ride. The Beer Tree River Float kicks off at 11 a.m.

Josh Rosenblatt

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