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Rain and floods: State of emergency for parts of New York

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Staff Writer | August 15, 2018
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo declared a State of Emergency for Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Monroe, Onondaga, Ontario, Schulyer, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Wayne, Yates, and contiguous counties through August 21.
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Empire State   Rainfall in excess of 1 inch per hour is possible
The Governor made the announcement after surveying flooded areas and damaged property in Seneca and Broome counties.

The storms, which are continuing to make their way slowly from west to east across the state, may cause additional flash flooding and New Yorkers are urged to prepare for potential extreme and unpredictable weather.

At the Governor's direction, the State Emergency Operations Center has been elevated to a Level 3 and additional agencies have been deployed to assist with logistics, transportation and technical rescue, and to coordinate any response efforts in impacted counties.

Regional emergency response teams are activated and are in close contact with community leaders and emergency responders.

State agencies are mobilizing resources and personnel for flash flooding issues from heavy downpours in areas across the state that that have experienced an abundance of recent rainstorms.

Showers and thunderstorms with locally heavy rain will continue this afternoon across parts of the Finger Lakes, Central New York, Southern Tier, Mohawk Valley, Capital Region south of Albany, Mid-Hudson Valley and New York City.

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.

A storm system will continue throughout the day moving west to east bringing with it heavy downpours.

This rain combined with the already wet conditions may cause flash flooding of small streams and in areas that have already had recent heavy rain storms.

Ponding of water on roads is also expected at times. Flash Flood Watches and Warnings have been issued in several areas of the state.