State Of Emergency Declared After Heavy Rains Tear Through Parts Of New York

Residents of the southern Finger Lakes region and Western New York woke up today to heavy rains that quickly caused a disaster. Since this morning, areas have received over five inches of rain that have led to bridges collapsing and entire roads falling apart. With the rain continuing to fall and things only getting worse, a state of emergency has currently been issued for both Monroe and Seneca Counties – with more to follow.

This morning, Governor Cuomo arrived at the town of Lodi in the Finger Lakes region to assess the damage; a bridge collapsed there earlier today on Station Road due to the intense flooding that the area is experiencing. A rescue mission was also underway this morning in Lodi as more than 50 residents and firefighters became trapped after the heavy flooding hit.

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In the video captured above by News 8 WROC Rochester, you can see just one of many waterfalls in the Finger Lakes region that has currently been transformed by today’s heavy rains. Montour Falls isn’t the only small town that has a frightening-looking waterfall though – shots from places like Taughannock Falls State Park in Tompkins County have also shown that waterfalls that were at just a trickle yesterday are now powerful cascades today.

Anyone currently in the Southern Finger Lakes in towns that have yet to issue a state of emergency should be prepared for evacuations, as things have proven to be moving at a speedy rate. As of right now, Western New York’s Monroe County has issued a state of emergency due to heavy rains and flooding – particularly for the town of Perinton. Seneca County has also issued a state of emergency this morning, affecting the towns of Covert, Lodi, Ovid, Romulus and the villages of Interlaken, Lodi, and Ovid.

If you’re currently in any of these affected areas, here’s what we know so far. Due to the heavy flooding, shelters have currently been opened at the Harpursville Baptist Church on Cumber Road in Broome County, Watkins Glen Central High School on 12th Street in Schuyler County and the Ovid Federated Church on Main Street in Seneca County. As always, we urge the residents of New York to stay safe. If you’ve captured your own photos or footage of today’s flooding, please feel free to share them with us in the comments and report your own updates to help keep everyone informed.