The Latest: Flash flooding traps dozens of people in homes
LODI, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on severe flash flooding in the Finger Lakes region Tuesday (all times local):
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says about 50 people are trapped in their homes after heavy downpours in the Finger Lakes region caused flash floods that inundated roads and swept tons of uprooted trees and other debris into a lake.
The Democrat arrived Tuesday morning at the scene of some of the worst damage, in the Seneca County town of Lodi (LOH’-deye). He says emergency crews are conducting rescue operations to reach trapped residents.
Cuomo says more rain is expected and people are being advised to move to higher ground.
There are no reports of fatalities or injuries.
Pre-dawn downpours dumped up to 5 inches of rain on parts of southern Seneca County between Seneca and Cayuga lakes. County officials have declared a state of emergency for Lodi and three other towns.
The owner of a lakeside campground in the Finger Lakes region says a woman has been rescued after her camper was swept away by flash flooding caused by pre-dawn downpours.
Carolynn Shangraw, owner of the Sunset on Seneca campground in the town of Lodi (LOH’-deye), tells The Associated Press the woman’s camper was swept downhill into Seneca Lake during heavy rains early Tuesday morning.
Shangraw says the camper flipped over in the lake, trapping the woman inside, but she was rescued by a boater. A Seneca County emergency management official confirmed her account but couldn’t provide additional details.
A state of emergency has been declared in Lodi and three other towns in the southern end of the county between Seneca and Cayuga lakes.
No fatalities or injuries have been reported.
Authorities say flash flooding caused by heavy rains has inundated roads and damaged homes in sections of the Finger Lakes region.
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office has issued a no unnecessary travel alert Tuesday morning after roads flooded in four towns in the southern end of the county between Seneca and Cayuga lakes.
The National Weather Service says up to 5 inches of rain has fallen in that area, prompting a flash flood emergency alert that advises residents to seek higher ground.
The weather service says emergency crews are on the scene working to evacuate residents.
There are no reports of injuries.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office says he’s headed to Seneca County to survey the storm damage. The Democrat’s office says he’ll hold a news conference around 10 a.m. at a campground in the town of Lodi (LOH’-deye).