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State of emergency declared after torrential rainfall and major flooding

Posted 11/2/19

Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in 12 counties and deployed 200 members of the National Guard to help with response and clean-up to Thursday night and Friday’s torrential rainfall …

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State of emergency declared after torrential rainfall and major flooding

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in 12 counties and deployed 200 members of the National Guard to help with response and clean-up to Thursday night and Friday’s torrential rainfall and flooding in the Mohawk Valley.

Oneida County extended a state of emergency first declared late Thursday.

Rainfall amounts in Oneida County ranged from 1.76 inches in Sylvan Beach to 4.19 inches in Sauquoit. In Rome, 2.56 inches was recorded at Griffiss airport.

In Madison County, 2 inches was recorded in Oneida, and 3.78 inches in Earlville. One man was killed in floodwaters in Norway in Herkimer County.

Damage assessment teams were deployed to the Mohawk Valley to evaluate the 58 road closures, including 32 in the Mohawk Valley alone. Swift-water rescue teams were deployed, along with teams to help with tree clearing.

The greatest rainfall, up to 5 inches, was recorded in central Herkimer County, according to the National Weather Service. West Canada Creek just north of Herkimer peaked at nearly 11 feet, five feet above flood stage. The Mohawk River at Little Falls crested at 19.7 feet, nearly five feet above flood stage. A swift-water rescue was conducted in Dolgeville as floodwaters swept through the village and into homes.

The affected counties were Cayuga, Chautauqua, Cortland, Dutchess, Erie, Essex, Hamilton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Saratoga and Warren.

The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority’s Utica facility on Leland Avenue was closed today because of significant flooding on Wurz Avenue and Leland Avenue, according to OHSWA officials.

The agency advises homeowners who may have suffered flood damage to contact their municipality, waste hauler or the authority at 315-733-1224 or online at www.ohswa.org to questions about proper handling and disposal of waste debris from flooding.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation advised against using backcountry trails and summits in the Adirondacks, noting that trails have downed trees, some bridges were washed out and stream crossings will be impassable, while rock and debris slides were possible.

The American Red Cross has opened emergency shelters in Whitesboro and Frankfort in response to major flooding in the Mohawk Valley. Red Cross workers are set up to provide a safe place to sleep, meals, and other support for area residents who have been forced from their homes by local flood waters and evacuation orders.

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