States of Emergency issued for Cuyler and Deruyter

Flooding in Deruyter

The Town Supervisors in Cuyler and Deruyter issued States of Emergency Monday evening due to the flooding of many of the area highways. The State of Emergency was lifted for Cuyler late Tuesday morning.

The Cortland County Sheriff's Department urges all drivers to use caution in those areas and extends the warning to Truxton.

In a news release, the department said, "Due to the heavy amount of rainfall that has fallen in the area and north of the area, it will be several hours before the creeks and streams recede. Watch out for washed out roads and never drive across running water that is running the roadway."

The travel ban for Deruyter was lifted at 11:30 p.m. Monday evening.

Many roadways within DeRuyter remained closed to all traffic on Tuesday morning, including Route 13 near the hamlet of Sheds. Other closed roads include Carey Road, Tallett Road, Dublin Road, and all seasonal roads. These roads will remain closed pending further inspections, according to Dan Degear, Town Supervisor of Deruyter.

Degear says many homes were evacuated and power and gas was turned off due to the from flood waters. All displaced residents have found shelter.

The State of Emergency was lifted for Cuyler at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday.

Cuyler Town Supervisor LouAnne Randall says the Tioughnioga River isnâ??t expected to crest until Tuesday and early Wednesday morning, which could continue to cause water problems.

Randall says there been no injuries reported due to flooding in the area, but significant property and crop damage is expected.

The Cortland County Sheriffâ??s Department is reminding drivers to use caution when travelling and not to cross roads that have any standing or running water.

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