Heavy rain, flooding wreak havoc in the Mohawk Valley Thursday

Some large trees and debris are stuck behind the bridge on Oriskany Boulevard in Whitesboro.

Posted: Jun 20, 2019 11:41 AM
Updated: Jun 20, 2019 5:30 PM

The heavy rain across the area Thursday morning is wreaking havoc on area roadways.

There has been flooding in several areas and the city has issued a hazardous conditions advisory.

It’s also been a bit of a tense day in Whitesboro, which has seen more than its fair share of flooding over the past few years.

Some large trees and debris are stuck behind the bridge on Oriskany Boulevard in Whitesboro.

Whitesboro’s mayor, Bob Friedlander, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente and Oneida County Emergency Services Director Kevin Revere and many state DOT officials were all in the area for a while Thursday afternoon.

The concern is that just moving all of this debris at once will cause the same pileup down at the main street bridge then the CSX Bridge.

So a big piece of equipment is being brought in from Western New York to remove the debris piece by piece and get it out.

Utica officials say crews are out clearing debris, assessing conditions and taking necessary measures to alleviate the flooding.They need time to clear right-of-ways and repair damage.

Mayor Rob Palmieri says the good news is that things quieted down.

The roadway on Oneida Street in South Utica, not far from Calvary Cemetery, filled up very quickly, within a matter of about 10 minutes, and cars continued to drive right through there.

The mayor says he advises people to avoid any high water, and the city has a team keeping an eye on things throughout the city.

“Obviously, this volume of water has come down a short period of time. There's flooding throughout all over. We have the DPW cruise out there, the parks out there, the fire department, the police department in full force doing as much as we can to try to keep up with Mother Nature,” Palmieri said. “It's just the volume of water is just too much for the catch basin's and so forth, so we are out there cleaning off the catch basin's, but the volume of water if you go over the Parkway and some of our areas that are prone to it. It's just the volume of water and a sharpie of time and obviously is causing flooding.”

Utica police say that people should avoid unnecessary travel at this time and when there is ponding, turn around and don’t drive through it ⁠— call 911 in the case of an emergency. 

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