Officials: Around 65 rescued from flooding near Lodi Point; State of Emergency in effect

Seneca Road Bridge washed out after severe flooding.

A State of Emergency has been issued for portions of the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, and Central New York.

The State of Emergency is extended for Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Monroe, Onondaga, Ontario, Schulyer, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Wayne, Yates, and contiguous counties through next Tuesday — Aug. 21.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement after surveying flooded areas and damaged property in Seneca and Broome counties.

New York State Police said later Tuesday afternoon that about 65 people were evacuated by boat in the Lodi area, in Seneca County. Those people were taken to shelters and most of them had been picked up by late afternoon. Most of the rescues came from Lodi Point State Park and the immediate vicinity — including those from a trailer park and camps, as well as some permanent residents.

There were only minor injuries from residents and no rescuers were injured.

"The challenge is we had a major debris field," a major said. "We're talking trees. Lot of trees that were blocking the roadway which made it difficult for us to get in and get people out. Now, for the most part, people were safe in their residences, but they obviously wanted to get out."

Officials said they have reached the point where a lot of debris has been removed and can get through to areas with rescue vehicles that previously were inaccessible.

A curfew has been placed until 6 a.m. Wednesday for a few streets in the Towns of Lodi and Covert. And power should be restored by tomorrow.

Showers and thunderstorms with locally heavy rain will continue this afternoon across parts of Central New York. Rainfall in excess of 1 inch per hour is possible and could cause hazardous driving conditions from ponding on roadways. Flash flood watches and warnings have been issued for many areas of the state.

The New York National Guard is deploying 50 service members and 10 vehicles to support local authorities in flood response efforts.

In addition 150 personnel and 30 vehicles will be deployed Wednesday morning as follows:

  • 50 additional soldiers with 10 vehicles at Binghamton
  • 25 soldiers with five vehicles at Horseheads
  • 25 soldiers with five vehicles at Walton
  • 50 soldiers with 10 vehicles at Auburn

State Department of Transportation crews have been actively working to clear culverts and drainage basins to help ensure they flow freely.

DOT has 3,519 operators and supervisors statewide and is ready to respond with 1,530 large dump trucks, 329 loaders, 85 excavators, 20 graders, 15 bucket trucks, 19 vacuum trucks with sewer jets, 6 trailer mounted sewer jets, 14 water tankers, 11 water pumps, and 4 bulldozers.

For more safety tips for all types of weather events, you can visit the DHSES website.

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