Governor Andrew Cuomo is in the Southern Tier today to address flood relief efforts with both local leaders and local media outlets at a press conference. Cuomo emphasized the state government's reliance on local officials to tell him when they anticipate a problem arising so that the necessary equipment can be brought down to the area as soon as possible.
In terms of local damage, Cuomo cited Conklin as his primary area of concern and said he planned on visiting with Broome County Executive Jason Garnar.
The governor also strongly encouraged residents to heed any evacuation orders given. He cited a dangerous situation he witnessed earlier today out in a Seneca Lake neighborhood filled with residents who had chosen to ignore the evacuation orders. That particular neighborhood began to flood so quickly that even the firefighters found themselves temporarily unable to leave. There are now rescue efforts underway for the Seneca Lake residents who are now also stranded.
Cuomo also announced that a state of emergency has been issued for for Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Monroe, Onondaga, Ontario and Seneca counties, among others.
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