State of Emergency remains in DeRuyter, No Wake order in effect for DeRuyter Lake

Flooding in Deruyter earlier this week. / Courtesy Ann Robinson

The Town of DeRuyter in Madison County remains under a State of Emergency, as several roads are still impassable. Town officials estimate damages to roadways alone exceeds $500,000.

As of Wednesday morning, Carey Road, Dublin Road, Muller Hill Road, Chapman Road, Fairbanks Road, Arnold Road and Wood Road (the stretch from Woodstead Farms south to Paradise Hill Road) remain closed.

While other well-traveled roadways including State Route 13 have re-opened to traffic, drivers are reminded to use caution and discretion as they navigate. Rushing waters caused significant damage to the side of these roads, and water crossing at other sections have made for slippery, muddy travels in certain places.

There is a No Wake order in effect through the July 4 weekend at DeRuyter Lake, where waters are still dangerously high. Town Supervisor Dan Deager and the Lake Association say the order will remain in place until waters have receded to normal levels.

The Town Board held an emergency meeting Tuesday evening, talking to New York State Department of Transportation Officials about the road repairs, after county and Office of Emergency Management Officials surveyed the damage left in the wake of flood waters. In the town, many homes were evacuated and power and gas was shut off following the flood. Displaced neighbors have since found temporary shelter.

Deager feels the town has an excellent chance of receiving federal assistance from FEMA. The Town Board authorized a $500,000 bond anticipation note to fix the roads. If FEMA aid comes through, the board says this would be completely paid in full.

Deager praises neighboring communities and the state for its help since the Town first issued a State of Emergency Monday evening.

"I am appreciative of all the support we have received from the County, the State, and our neighboring towns," the supervisor said in a press release. "Everyone from the Governor's office, Congressman Hanna's office, to Madison County administration has been extremely helpful, I cannot express enough how appreciative I am for your help."