(WBNG Binghamton) New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Friday issued a disaster declaration for Broome, Chenango, Clinton, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego, Tioga, Schoharie, St. Lawrence and Warren counties that have been hit by severe storms and flooding.
According to a news release from Cuomo's office:
The Governor has activated the New York State Office of Emergency Management to closely monitor the impacted areas and to assist counties with ongoing rescue and recovery efforts.
“The State is taking action to provide immediate assistance and support to counties in the Mohawk River Valley which are experiencing floods,” said Governor Cuomo. “I will be closely monitoring the situation and my administration will continue to coordinate with first responders in all of the affected flooded areas. I urge New Yorkers in these areas to monitor news reports and follow directions from emergency personnel on the ground.”
New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) Commissioner Jerome M. Hauer said, “With more rain in the forecast, there is a potential for more flooding in more areas in the region. We are asking people to stay alert, listen to emergency instructions and cooperate with local officials if needed.”
Local state of emergency declarations:
•Village of Ilion, Herkimer County
•Town of Chesterfield, Essex County
•Town & Village of Middleburgh, Schoharie County
•Town and Village of Herkimer, Herkimer County
•Village of Mohawk, Herkimer County
•Town of Elizabethtown, Essex County
•Town of Johnsburg, Warren County
•Village of Sherburne, Chenango County
•Town of Johnsburgh, Warren County
•Town of Minden, Montgomery County
•Town of Whitesboro, Oneida County
•Town of German Flats, Herkimer County
Governor Cuomo is overseeing state mobilization including:
• New York State Police deployed a Huey helicopter with divers, and an airboat with dive team, to assist Montgomery and Herkimer counties. State Police personnel from Troops G and D have been mobilized to various upstate county locations, and an Incident Command Post and forward air base has been established at Nelliston Park in Ft. Plain, Montgomery County
• Department of Environmental Conservation airboats have been placed on standby at Lowville (Jefferson County), Sherburn (Chenango County), Warrenburg (Warren County) and Franklin County
• Office of Fire Prevention and Control Task Force II and other swift water rescue assets are operating in Herkimer County
• New York National Guard has deployed high axle cargo vehicles and soldiers to assist Herkimer County in flood response operations
In addition, the American Red Cross has opened a shelter for displaced residents in Herkimer and Oneida counties at the Mohawk Valley Community College, 1101 Sherman Drive in Utica. Other shelters will be opening for displaced residents in Oneida Castle, Taberg and Sylvan Beach at 217 Cedar Street (Oneida Armory) in the City of Oneida, and at the Harry Hoag School at 25 High Street in Fort Plain (Montgomery County).
Governor Cuomo offered the following safety tips to residents in the affected areas:
• Monitor the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Weather Radio or your local radio and TV station broadcasts for information.
• If local officials advise evacuation, do so promptly.
• Bring outside possessions inside the house or tie them down securely. This includes lawn furniture, garbage cans, and other movable objects.
• If there is time, move essential items and furniture to upper floors in the house. Disconnect electrical appliances that cannot be moved. DO NOT touch them if you are wet or standing in water.
• If you are told to shut off water, gas, or electrical services before leaving, do so.
• Secure your home: lock all doors and windows.
• When traveling:
o Make sure you have enough fuel for your car.
o Follow recommended routes. DO NOT sightsee.
o As you travel, monitor NOAA Weather Radio and local radio broadcasts for the latest information.
o Watch for washed-out roads, earth-slides, broken water or sewer mains, loose or downed electrical wires, and falling or fallen objects.
o Watch for areas where rivers or streams may suddenly rise and flood, such as highway dips, bridges, and low areas.
o DO NOT attempt to drive over a flooded road. Turn around and go another way.
o DO NOT underestimate the destructive power of fast-moving water. Two feet of fast-moving flood water will float your car. Water moving at two miles per hour can sweep cars off a road or bridge.
o If you are in your car and water begins to rise rapidly around you, abandon the vehicle immediately.
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