August 14, 2018
ALBANY, NY – From Tuesday Afternoon Speech By Governor Andrew Cuomo:
I’m declaring a State of Emergency in a number of counties that have been affected or that we anticipate may be affected. We’re looking at more rain, more possibly flash flooding throughout today. The weather for tomorrow is still unclear, but the water, the ground is saturated. The creeks are filled. There is no capacity to handle any more rain. And what’s happening is when we have one of these flash floods, it immediately turns into a problematic situation. Because we’ve had so much rain, there is no place for it to go.
We’re declaring a State of Emergency in Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Monroe, Onondaga, Ontario, Schulyer, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Wayne, Yates and contiguous counties through August 21st. Again, in those areas in particular, local officials, please anticipate problems and let us know how we can help before the fact. Citizens, extra diligence is required. The first responders are always the people in your own home. And you have the first responsibility for your safety. I want to thank the County Executive and the Supervisor who’ve been doing a very good job in the partnership. I want to thank Senator Akshar and Assemblymember Donna Lupardo who have been great partners. We’ve been through too many situations like this. And again, we’re prepared but diligence, we’re here to help. But we need the anticipation of local officials and we need every citizen to do their part.
The Towns of Urbana and Pulteney are badly affected by the heavy rains and flooding, according to WENY.