July 4th week is typically one of the busiest weeks in Sullivan County. Over the past few days, I’ve talked with a number of business owners who’ve said that this July 4th holiday week was comparatively slow, and especially surprising given the sold-out Bethel Woods opening last weekend.
One contibuting factor, certainly, was the extensive media coverage of the flooding. It doesn’t help tourism when you’re declared a disaster area. Many people may be shying away from coming up because they have visions of a mini-Katrina, with devastation covering a huge area.
Actually, the damage, as severe as it was, was quite limited in scope, generally to areas with river or creek confluences. Livingston Manor, Roscoe, Callicoon, Jeffersonville and Narrowsburg all suffered damage, with Livingston Manor the worst hit.
The clean-up in those villages and hamlets, though, has gone amazingly fast. Most businesses in those areas have reopened. Even in Livingston Manor, you have to venture off the main drag (down to River and Finch Streets) to see the damage. Peck’s Markets have reopened 2 of 3 of their closed supermarkets (Peck’s in Callicoon remains closed). The Farmer’s Markets are back up running on their regular schedule. The Delaware River has returned to its normal levels, and the river outfitters are operating.
A handful of roads do remain closed, like Elm Hollow Road north of Livingston Manor. But all main roads in the county are open and passable.
So please, come on up, the water is fine.