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The Times
  • Cuomo issues disaster declaration for multiple counties

  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a disaster declaration for 15 counties Friday, including Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida and Otsego.



    The state Office of Emergency Management has been activated and will be closing monitoring the affected areas and assisting with rescue and recovery efforts, a news release stated.

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  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a disaster declaration for 15 counties Friday, including Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida and Otsego.
    The state Office of Emergency Management has been activated and will be closing monitoring the affected areas and assisting with rescue and recovery efforts, a news release stated.
    “The state is taking action to provide immediate assistance and support to counties in the Mohawk River Valley which are experiencing floods,” Cuomo said in the release. “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.”
    State officials also say additional flooding is possible as rain continues in the area.
    Actions taken so far to assist the region include:
    •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
    Counties under a disaster declaration:
    Broome, Chenango, Clinton, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego, Tioga, Schoharie, St. Lawrence and Warren
    Local state of emergency declarations:
    •Herkimer County
    •Town and Village of Herkimer, Herkimer County
    •Village of Ilion, Herkimer County
    •Village of Mohawk, Herkimer County
    •Town of German Flatts, Herkimer County
    •Montgomery County
    •Town of Minden, Montgomery County
    •Town of Whitesboro, Oneida County

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