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July 1, 2013

Two women missing following floods

More rain forecast for the week


Heavy rain will cause localized flash floods of streams and urban and low-lying areas, NWS said in an alert, and rivers already running high could flood tonight and Tuesday.

The NWS in Albany issued an urban and small stream flood at about 6:20 p.m. until 9:15 p.m. Sunday for northwestern Schoharie County. A flood advisory means river or stream flows are elevated or ponding of water is occurring or imminent. A flash flood watch will be in effect from this morning through Tuesday morning. 

On Saturday, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie and Broome counties were among 15 counties declared to be in states of emergency by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Evacuations were conducted in Herkimer village and town, the villages of Mohawk and Ilion and the city of Little Falls. 

During a briefing Saturday, Cuomo reported that the state Office of Fire Prevention and Control Disaster Assistance Response Team was conducting damage assessments of about 800 structures in Herkimer and Madison counties. Storm Emergency Field Units were helping local fire departments with storm-related matters such as water and tree removal.

Cuomo said the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be in the area in a few days, assisting residents applying for federal assistance, the AP reported.

Locally, the Otsego County Sheriff's Office sent some deputies to Herkimer County to assist on Friday, a dispatcher said. According to the Schoharie County Emergency Services Facebook, six storm emergency fire units were sent Friday to help with flood recovery in Herkimer County.

Rain and thunderstorms are forecast in upstate New York through the Fourth of July. A boat parade scheduled for July 5 on Canadarago Lake has been rescheduled to Aug. 10 because of flood conditions. 




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