Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday issued a state of emergency for several upstate counties as heavy rainfall continues across much of New York.
The state of emergency will be in effect through Aug. 21. It covers Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Monroe, Onondaga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Wayne and Yates counties.
The state Emergency Operations Center in Albany is monitoring heavy rainfall and flooding in the affected counties. Roger Parrino, commissioner of the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, has been deployed to Seneca County.
Twenty-five soldiers and five vehicles from the New York Army National Guard's 204th Engineer Battalion in Binghamton will support the flood response in Broome County. Twenty-five airmen and five vehicles from the 174th Attack Wing in Syracuse have been deployed to Seneca County.
The New York National Guard will provide 150 soldiers and 30 vehicles on Wednesday, including 50 soldiers and 10 vehicles from the Auburn armory.
Several state agencies are providing equipment and supplies to assist with the response.
Cuomo issued the state of emergency after surveying flood damage in Broome and Seneca counties. In Seneca County, nearly 50 people and a group of firefighters were rescued after being trapped in a flood area in the town of Lodi.
Boats were sent in to transport the residents to safety. Cuomo said heavy equipment will be used to clear trees and other debris from roads.
No serious injuries were reported, but Cuomo described it as a "dangerous situation."
"I want to make this point as serious as a heart attack: floods are nothing to play with," he said.
The Seneca County Sheriff's Office and the county's emergency management agency announced a state of emergency for the towns of Covert, Lodi, Ovid and Romulus. A mandatory evacuation order was issued for the Lodi Point area, which is where several residents were trapped.
Some roads are closed due to the flooding.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning Tuesday morning. As of 8 a.m., more than three inches of rain was reported in the town of Romulus. Other parts of Seneca County reported more than an inch of rain.
Be the first to know
Get local news delivered to your inbox!