State of emergency declared for areas of Seneca County

August 15, 2018 06:25 AM

A state of emergency has been declared for the towns of Covert, Lodi, Ovid, and Romulus in Seneca County through Aug. 21 due to major flooding.

Due to the flooding emergency, at the Lodi Point, Lower Lake Road area, the Seneca County Sheriff's Office has declared a curfew for the area starting at 7:30 p.m until sunrise. Officers will be patrolling the area to enforce the curfew.

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A travel advisory for all boats on Seneca Lake adjacent to the South Seneca County area has also been issued. Boaters should proceed at reduced speeds and be on the lookout for debris in the water.

Governor Andrew Cuomo surveyed the damage in Lodi Tuesday morning, which experienced five to six inches of rain fall. Click here to watch his media briefing in its entirety. 

Some trailers were washed into the lake with people inside them, but crews were able to get them out safely. Debris has been washed into the lake and docks, sheds, and garages are gone.

Roughly 200 homes have been impacted. 

State Police said the 65 people that were stranded have been rescued by boat. Furthermore, there is a voluntary evacuation in place for all the homes along the immediate lakefront. 

With all the flood damage, crews estimate that it will take several days to restore all the power. State police estimated that roughly 149 residents will remain without power throughout Tuesday evening. 

"It's four or five feet of large trees...large stumps," Cuomo said. "It's amazing...the force of water...pieces of wood that are hundreds and hundreds of pounds and then once that's done...there's still about two feet of water going over the road."

Twenty-five New York National Guardsmen from the 174th Attack Wing in Syracuse will deploy to Ovid Tuesday afternoon with five vehicles to support response efforts.

State Police have deployed 30 troopers, including divers, to the command post in Seneca County, as well as three boats, two four-wheel drive Utility Task Vehicles, and an incident command vehicle. 

The Red Cross has opened a shelter at the Ovid Federated Church on Main Street for residents affected by flooding. 

A boil water advisory has been issued for the Village of Interlaken until further notice due to flooding.

Residents are advised against any unnecessary travel as several homes and roadways are flooded, and the roads are impassable. Residents are also asked to shelter in place and move to higher ground if they are experiencing high water.

Only minor injuries have been reported. 

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