Flood Warning for Tioughnioga at Cortland Through Thursday Morning
A flood warning remains in effect for the Tioughnioga River this morning.
Yesterday's heavy afternoon rain caused widespread flash floods across the area. Several road closures were reported in both Cortland and Tompkins Counties as a result of the water. A State of Emergency was declared in Cuyler as of 9pm last night by Town Supervisor LouAnne Randall. Many roads in that area remain closed due to damage to roads and bridges resulting from flooding in particular Lap Hill Road near Mayberry, where a bridge was washed away by flood waters.
Cortland County Sheriff Lee Price urges everyone to use caution when driving, especially in the areas of Cuyler and Truxton, due to the potential for changeable conditions on the roads. The National Weather Service has extended the flood warning for the Tioughnioga through at least Thursday morning. The river is expected to crest at 8.2 feet on Wednesday Morning which would put it above flood stage and cause potential minor flooding along Kellogg Road in the City Of Cortland. There is also a potential for more rain in the forecast over the next few days.
Herkimer County has been declared in a state of emergency and all of its roads have been shut down as a result of heavy rains Monday night. County officials have asked Herkimer residents not to drive, saying all roads in the county are closed. Some homes also have been evacuated. Several roads in Oneida and Madison Counties have been closed as well.
The weather forced postponement of the Ithaca Community Fireworks last night. They have been rescheduled for this Sunday July 7th.
So far, the flooding has caused at least $13 million in damage. That, too, is expected to rise, according to Cuomo. The total so far includes just one day's tally of damage in a small portion of the 15 counties affected by the flood waters, according to his letter to the president.
For now, Cuomo urged caution and patience for those affected by the floods, asking them to seek shelter and take safety measures now before worrying about cleaning and rebuilding.
Governor. Andrew Cuomo has asked President Obama to issue a "major disaster declaration" for New York as rains continue to soak parts of Central New York and the Mohawk Valley after flooding began late last week.