Flash Flooding Closes Roads, Damages Homes in Central New York


Home and business owners in New York’s Finger Lakes region were dealing with flooded basements after heavy rains caused flash flooding that inundated roads in several towns Tuesday. A state of emergency was declared in at least one county.

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office issued a no unnecessary travel alert Tuesday morning after roads flooded in four towns between Seneca and Cayuga lakes. County officials declared a state of emergency in the towns of Covert, Lodi, Ovid and Romulus.
The National Air Service said that it had brought about five inches of rain in this area and brought a torrent of flood warning that allowed residents to seek higher ground. The weather service said emergency teams were working to evacuate residents surrounded by rising water.

There were no injuries reports.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office said he was on his way to Seneca County to investigate the storm damage. The Democrat’s office said he plans to hold a press conference at Sunset in Seneca, located in Lodi town, east of Lake Seneca late Tuesday morning. A message left in the voicemail of the camp site was not returned.

Walter Rudolph and his wife, Nancy, had three to four feet of water in each of the two houses that made up Cam Magnolia Bed and Breakfast in Covert. He said he woke up at 5 am in the morning and watched the water from his property an hour later.

Rudolph said that the flood washed rubble through the grass and ruptured the path and damaged the properties of its close neighbors.

Rudolph told the Associated Press on the phone, “We are very good.”

The weather service monitored flash floods for flash flood warnings for parts of Finger Lakes and New York’s Southern Tier and Pennsylvania states, as well as high-level counties from New York to New England.

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