MOHAWK VALLEY, N.Y. (WIVB) - On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo flew in by helicopter from Albany through the Mohawk Valley to examine the severe flooding and declared a disaster declaration seeking disaster assistance for 12 counties, mostly in Central and Downstate NY.
"We have damage along the Erie Barge Canal. There's been a significant amount of debris in the water which has done a significant amount of damage to the gate openings. The Canal Director Brian Stratton estimates about 100 mile section has levels of damage," Cuomo said.
In Oneida County, several hundred people had to evacuate Whitestown and Whitesboro due to flash flooding. Oneida Creek in Oneida is at all time record levels; roads in Oneida washed out or closed. In Montgomery County's Fort Plain, an already wet June is ending with a soaking flash flood.
Fort Plain resident Pamela Lewis said, "Thank God I'm here still and I hope and pray I can out everything back together. And just, I don't know...One day at a time, because right now I don't know."
Cuomo added, "You are your own first responder in your own home, use prudence. But we'll get through this like we've gotten through far worse in the past."
Erie County's Emergency Services personnel have about six volunteers willing and ready to go help with cleanup across the state, but they are in a holding pattern right now and it appears their help will not be needed.
A Town of Tonawanda restaurant owner has been arrested and charged with strangulation and assault.
Investigators have pieced together who is responsible for dumping a dog on the side of the road inside a zipped up Coors Light thermal bag.
State Police need your help finding the pickup truck driver who pinned a mother against her vehicle as she was loading her baby and young son into it and then fled the scene.
The Cattraugus County Sheriff’s Office says a 17-year-old male from East Otto was arrested on Monday evening.
The Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel will unveil improvements to their gaming floor on Wednesday. The casino spent $26 million into the main gaming floor.
The Mounted Patrol from the Erie County Sheriff’s Department is kicking off its annual Mounted for Meals food drive.