November 30, 2012
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Gives Evening Update on Flooding Recovery Efforts

Governor Cuomo Gives Evening Update on Flooding Recovery Efforts

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo this evening gave an update on the recovering efforts underway around the areas of New York State hardest-hit by flooding and ongoing storms.

To view video from the Governors briefing in Oneida this afternoon go to:

Widespread rain and scattered thunderstorms are expected to continue across the state through the night. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), rainfall rates could amount to an inch per hour, so the threat of flash flooding continues.

Heavy rainfall is expected through the night in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, and Ulster Counties. The NWS has issued a flash flood watch until 6 p.m. for all of the Southern Tier, and Alleghany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties. A Flash Flood Watch is also in effect for Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Tompkins Counties through Tuesday morning. The Mohawk River remains above flood stage from the heavy rainfall. It is expected to fall below flood stage by tomorrow, but a Flood Warning for the Mohawk River at Utica is in effect until further notice. A number of other rivers are near flood stage, but will also recede throughout tomorrow. Additionally, the NWS has issued a Flood Warning in effect until Tuesday at 5 p.m. for Wappingers Creek at Wappingers Falls. Minor flooding is forecast by Tuesday at 4 a.m.

We want you to know that we are here and we will do everything possible to help. You are not alone, said Governor Cuomo. You have neighbors, you have friends who care. We come together and we come out of it better than we went into it.

Additionally, Governor Cuomo on Monday formally requested that President Obama issue a major disaster declaration for the State of New York as a result of severe storms and major flooding.


On Friday, June 28, 2013, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued a State disaster declaration, still in effect Monday afternoon, for the following counties:

  • Chenango
  • Essex
  • Herkimer
  • Montgomery
  • Oneida
  • Schoharie
  • Warren


In the City of Oneida, 290 people are evacuated. Crews are in the process of removing flood waters and making sure homes are structurally sound. Because access to the area is restricted, residents are being escorted by public safety officials to get their belongings and pets. Clean up kits can be found at the Seneca St. Shelter.

In Herkimer and Montgomery Counties, several hundred residents are displaced, but less than 20 people in each county were reported to be staying in Red Cross shelters Sunday night.


FEMA and State Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) teams are spending Monday and Tuesday visiting Herkimer, Madison, and Montgomery counties to assess whether damage warrants Individual Assistance and Small Business Administration disaster assistance.


There are currently more than 5,660 customers without service across the state. Power was restored Monday morning to the Village of Mohawk. For updates on when you can expect your power to be restored, please check with your electric company.

Homes that are currently without power and have been flooded will need repairs and inspection before they can be reenergized. Homeowners will need to contact a UL licensed Electrician for inspections.

In an effort to restore electricity to storm-damaged areas as quickly as possible, National Grid announced Monday afternoon that it will reimburse a New York State licensed electrical inspector for the electrical inspection required before services are able to be restored at a home or business. It is limited to one electrical inspection per property, and is available to all National Grid electric or natural gas customers in flooded areas.


Red Cross Help Line: 1-315-705-5293

Three shelters are currently open for displaced residents, or anyone in need of meals, water, and clean-up kits, among other tools for those affected by flooding.

  • The United Methodist Church (Herkimer County)
  • City of Oneida YMCA (Madison County)
  • Henry Hoag Elementary School (Montgomery County)

In addition, the Salvation Army has mobilized in Herkimer County to distribute emergency supplies and meals, along with hundreds of clean-up kits.


The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (Parks) is at the Otsquago Creek Bridge, a pedestrian bridge, in Fort Plain (Montgomery County). The bridge has disconnected from the abutment and crumbled. Parks is working with the Office of General Services (OGS) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) to try to get the bridge down to prevent up-stream flooding from debris. The New York State Thruway Authority has put up barricades to prevent access.

The New York State Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has sent personnel to assess damage in Clinton and Essex Counties. It has also requested the help of 2 inmate work crews (12 inmates) to clean up debris in Fort Plain (Montgomery County).

The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) will prepare 500 meals twice a day through Tuesday for the Red Cross feeding mission in Montgomery County.

The Division of Military and Naval Affairs (DMNA) is evaluating engineer support in the City of Oneida (Madison County), and has long-haul vehicles in Utica (Oneida County) and Queensbury (Warren County), along with 52 personnel on standby.

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) rangers are providing assistance in Herkimer and Montgomery Counties. Along with several other agencies, DEC is contributing to search efforts for a missing woman, and is also helping to remove a house trailer that is stuck in Lock 14 in Canajoharie (Montgomery County). Additionally, an Emergency Declaration was issued Monday afternoon to authorize emergency repairs in 22 counties affected by heavy rains and flooding. Those counties include Broome, Chenango, Clinton, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego, Tioga, Schoharie, St. Lawrence and Warren Counties, and potentially Ulster, Sullivan, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester Counties.

The New York State Police (NYSP) have ready an Air Boat, SCUBA operators, and two heavy-lift Huey Aircraft with a Quick Response Team in Canajoharie (Montgomery County). The agency also sent K-9s for search operations in Fort Plain (Montgomery County), and is assisting the Madison County Sheriffs Office with patrols. State Police have added security patrols in evacuated areas in Madison and Oneida Counties.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has deployed additional personnel and equipment to affected areas, including damage assessment teams. Emergency contractors are assessing damaged roads and bridges that may require extensive repair, including bridges along Route 80 in Montgomery County and Route 168 in Herkimer County.

The New York State Canal Corporation is assisting in moving vessels to secure locations now that 124 miles of the Erie Canal, from Lock E2 (Waterford) to Lock E22 (New London), are closed. Crews are working on major damage at Lock E12 (Tribes Hill), and minor damage at five other locks. Heavy debris has backed up several dams, including Locks E12 (Tribes Hill), E14 (Canajoharie), and E15 (Fort Plain). The agency is also in the process of dispatching crews and nearly two-dozen pieces of clean-up equipment to Fort Plain and other parts of Montgomery County.

The New York State Thruway Authority is providing loader and dump trucks per request from Fort Plain (Montgomery County).

The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES), through its Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communications (OIEC), has deployed equipment to Montgomery and Herkimer Counties.

The State Department of Health (DOH) is assisting Herkimer County in getting the county 200 doses of combined Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (TDAP) vaccines. In Montgomery County, the Public Health department conducted 169 doses of TDAP vaccines.


    In the Village of Mohawk (Herkimer County), wells are inundated, causing extensive electrical damage. A boil water advisory has been issued for this area. At the Van Hornesville Water Works (Herkimer County), a water main break has occurred. Residents in this area should boil their water. | In the Village of Herkimer (Herkimer County), residents in the area of Herkimer County Community College, its associated apartment complexes and buildings, the County 911 building, and residences along the upper loop of Ridgewood Dr. and Westwood Dr. are encouraged to boil their water due to a water main break (now repaired).

To find your local health department phone numbers for information about residential well testing and disinfection call the NYS Department of Health (DOH) at 1-866-881-2809