Ontario and Orange County Now Under States of Emergency Due to Significant Flooding From Heavy Rainfall
Swift Water Rescue Teams Operating in Ontario County for Door-to-Door Welfare Checks
Red Cross Shelter Now Open at Canandaigua Town Hall for Impacted Residents
Governor Hochul today declared a State of Emergency for Ontario County, as heavy rainfall this evening led to significant flooding in the Canandaigua area. The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services' Office of Emergency Management and Office of Fire Prevention and Control have personnel in the county assisting the local response efforts. State swift water rescue teams with personnel from State Parks and State Fire are performing door-to-door welfare checks for neighborhoods with highest impacts. DHSES staff are embedded with the Ontario County Emergency Operations Center to facilitate local requests for assistance.
"Due to increasingly dangerous conditions, I am expanding our State of Emergency to Ontario County," Governor Hochul said. "State personnel are on the ground and supporting local response efforts. New Yorkers in impacted regions should do everything they can to avoid flooded roads and stay alert for additional weather."
New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jackie Bray said, "Our team has been on the ground in Canandaigua this evening assisting Ontario County local officials and emergency responders with flood-related impacts. We continue to support these efforts and others across the state as heavy rain has caused widespread flooding. New Yorkers should take extra caution, if traveling, and stay alert."
The American Red Cross is currently operating in Ontario County at Canandaigua's Town Hall (5440 Route 5 & 20 West, Canandaigua, NY 14424).
For a complete listing of weather alerts and forecasts, visit the National Weather Service website at https://alerts.weather.gov.
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Severe Weather Safety Tips
- Have disaster supplies on hand, including:
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Battery-operated radio and extra batteries
- First aid kit and manual
- Emergency food and water
- Non-electric can opener
- Essential medicines
- Checkbook, cash, credit cards, ATM cards
- Never attempt to drive on a flooded road. Turn around and go another way.
- If water begins to rise rapidly around you in your car, abandon the vehicle immediately.
- Do not underestimate the power of fast-moving water. Two feet of fast-moving flood water will float your car, and water moving at two miles per hour can sweep cars off a road or bridge.
- Follow the 30-30 rule: If the time between when you see a flash of lightning and hear thunder is 30 seconds or less, the lightning is close enough to hit you. Seek shelter immediately. After the last flash of lightning, wait 30 minutes before leaving your shelter.
- Lightning hits the tallest object. If you are above a tree line, quickly get below it and crouch down if you are in an exposed area.
- If you can't get to a shelter, stay away from trees. If there is no shelter, crouch in the open, keeping twice as far away from a tree as it is tall.
- If outdoors and a Tornado Warning is issued, seek shelter immediately. If there is no shelter nearby, lie flat in a ditch or low spot with your hands shielding your head.
- If at home or in a small building, go to the basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of the building. Stay away from windows. Closets, bathrooms, and other interior rooms offer the best protection. Get under something sturdy or cover yourself with a mattress.
- If in a school, hospital, or shopping center, go to a pre-designated shelter area. Stay away from large open areas and windows. Do not go outside to your car.
- If in a high-rise building, go to an interior small room or hallway on the lowest floor possible. Do not use elevators - use stairs instead.
For more information on personal preparedness and how to stay safe during severe weather, visit: https://www.dhses.ny.gov/safety-and-prevention.