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Thunderstorms with very heavy downpours continue in New York

Staff Writer | July 25, 2018
Heavy rain that has impacted New York since Saturday, swelling small streams and rivers and causing minor flooding issues in flood prone urban and low lying areas, is continuing.
New York rain
Weather   Three to 9 inches of rain have fallen
The greatest impact has been in the Southern Tier, Southern Mohawk Valley, the Catskills in the Mid-Hudson Valley Region, and south of Albany in the Capital Region where a flash flood watch is in effect through tonight.

Three to 9 inches of rain have fallen across parts of the warned areas since Saturday night.

At the Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's direction, 800 filled sandbags from the state's regional stockpiles have been deployed to the Town of Nichols in Tioga County with officials from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and regional Office of Emergency Management, Department of Transportation, and Department of Environmental Conservation personnel onsite to monitor and assist impacted localities with flooding issues that may arise.

The wet and unsettled weather pattern will persist through tonight bringing thunderstorms with very heavy downpours, and in some areas, an additional 1 to 2 inches of rainfall.

The potential continues for river flooding along the upper reaches of the Neversink River in the Mid-Hudson Region and for flood prone small streams and watersheds, especially in the Southern Tier, Mid-Hudson Valley and Mohawk Valley Regions.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected on Friday as a cold front passes through the state.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $2 million to support the more than 11,000 displaced Hurricane Maria victims living in New York. The Governor made the announcement after returning from his fifth trip to Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria hit last August.

The initial investment of $2 million will go to partnering organizations who connect vulnerable Puerto Ricans to needed services such as employment, housing, benefits counseling and health care.

This investment is on top of the Governor's previous commitment of up to $11 million dollars in housing and workforce funding for displaced Puerto Ricans, and follows the release of a report by FEMA showing that the federal government was woefully unprepared for Hurricane Maria and incapable of providing the assistance Puerto Rico needed in the wake of the disaster.