Picente declares state of emergency for Oneida County

By News Release

ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. - Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today declared a State of Emergency in Oneida County as County government and all of its local municipalities are dealing with the results of the last several days of severe thunderstorms and tornado level activity.

Downed trees and damaged buildings have caused power outages and impassable roadways. Local rivers and stream, along with other waterways, are cresting and flooding lowland areas. Flash floods and blocked storm drains have caused bridge closings and surface street closings. Schools and businesses have been forced to close due to rising flood waters and the endangered condition of the roads and properties surrounding them.

Basements in residential neighborhoods are flooded as well as some structures have been severely damaged by recent high winds.

It will take to days for the flood waters to recede and for public works crews to clear debris and fully assess the damage.

Citizens are urged to use extreme caution when driving on any roadways that are littered with debris or other obstructions. Motorists should not drive into any standing water. All persons should stay away from any rushing water and should seek higher ground in the face of rising flash flood waters.

The State of Emergency shall remain in effect for the next five days unless sooner terminated by the County Executive.

All municipalities as well as residents should contact the Oneida County Emergency Services Department or in an emergency dial 911.

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