Some roads remained closed Monday after a series of thunderstorms rolled through the area Sunday afternoon and evening, causing flooding, power outages and mudslides.
Route 169 from West End Road to Middleville remained closed, according to New York State Department of Transportation Public Information Officer James Piccola. “It’s my understanding our crews are assessing the damage from overnight,” he said. He added that Route 28, which was closed between Herkimer and Middleville following the storm, had been reopened.
“We took almost 5 inches of rain in about an hour in an area north of Herkimer, in the towns of Herkimer and Fairfield,” said 911 Center Coordinator Robert Vandawalker. “There was heavy rain everywhere, but it was a pretty isolated area where all of the flash flooding and damage occurred.”
Emergency crews responded with firefighters from various departments including Schuyler, East Herkimer, Middleville, Newport, Mohawk and others working into the evening.
In addition to Route 169, he said, West End Road and North Creek Road remained closed Monday.
Fairfield Town Supervisor Henry A. Crofoot declared a state of emergency Sunday starting at 6 p.m. and continuing for a period not to exceed five days due to the winds, rain, flooding and related weather conditions.
Route 5 between Millers Grove and Watkins Grove along with Southside Road in Frankfort were also closed for a time following the storm, according to reports, but were reopened. Caldwell Road in the town of Herkimer was closed due to a washout, according to town officials, but was reopened.
A few National Grid customers remained without power Monday as a result of the storm.
The National Weather Service issued flood advisories for Herkimer County, along with Oneida and Madison counties Sunday with Southern Oneida County placed under a flood watch.
While damage was being assessed Monday and cleanup was getting under way, the National Weather Service in Albany issued a severe storm warning and flash flood warning for southern Herkimer County.
“We’re watching the radar carefully,” said Vandawalker.
The Erie Canal Corporation issued an advisory stating that the Erie Canal from Lock E-8 in Scotia to Lock E-15 in Fort Plain was temporarily closed Monday due to high water. The work was not expected to impact boating. For updates and information monitor 1-800-4CANAL4 and www.canals.ny.gov.