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State of Emergency Declared in Cortland County

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Legislative Chairman and Acting County Administrator Kevin Whitney has declared a State of Emergency in Cortland County, due to extensive storm-related damage to public highway infrastructure in multiple communities across Cortland County.

Torrential downpours and high winds last night (October 31) and early this morning caused washouts and severe damage to several culverts in the county.

Damage is being assessed by various Town and County Highway employees, which is already expected to cost thousands of dollars in repairs.

“Fortunately no lives were lost as result of this storm, but municipalities across the County are facing expensive repairs,” Whitney said. “By issuing this declaration it will ensure that if State and Federal funding is made available to offset the cost of repairs, communities in the County will be eligible for that assistance.”

County Emergency Management officials say there is no current threat to public safety.

They’re now working with the various municipalities to determine the extent of their damage and help them secure outside resources to help with cleanup funding.

Residents are urged to use caution if they discover damage and report it immediately by calling 9-1-1.

While several rivers and streams are at minor flood stage in Cortland County, additional flooding is not anticipated.

Stay tuned with WXHC News for all your updates.

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