Oneida and Herkimer counties issued a state of emergency Thursday evening due to heavy rain and flooding. Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente advises no unnecessary travel throughout the county until further notice.
Whitesboro residents from Mohawk Street to Yorkville were instructed to evacuate around 10 p.m. and directed to the Whitesboro Fire Department. The American Red Cross is there to assist those evacuating.
Oriskany Boulevard and Main Street in Whitesboro were both closed due to flooding.
Several Utica streets are flooded, including:
- Lincoln and Sunset avenues north of Plant Street
- Genesee Steet between Tracy and Oswego streets
- Albany Street between Kossuth Avenue and Rutget Street
- Arterial between Oswego and Court streets
- Bleecker Street
- Noyes Street
Local residents took to social media to report several other flooded areas and closed roadways in and around Utica, including:
- Parts of the Thruway
- Oriskany Boulevard
- Parts of Commercial Drive
- Eastwood Avenue
- South Street
- Eagle Street
- Roberts Road in Sauquoit
- Lower Mallory Road in Washington Mills
- Chapman and Kellog roads in New Hartford
- Mohawk Street in New Hartford
- Albany Road in New Hartford
- Route 5 at Dyke Road
- Route 5S
- Route 12
- Elm Street in Chadwicks
- Oneida Street in Washington Mills
- Dix Road in Westmoreland
- Bush Road in Schuyler
- Utica Street in Oriskany
- Corner of Elm and George streets in Rome
Route 28 is closed from Kast Bridge in Herkimer to the village of Poland, and Route 5S is closed from Utica to Frankfort. Route 5 is also closed in the town of Schuyler.
Herkimer County has also issued a no unnecessary travel advisory for the areas of Frankfort, Schuyler, Herkimer, Newport, Norway, Fairfield, Russia and Middleville.
Both Oneida and Herkimer counties are a flash flood warning until 5 a.m. Friday morning. Winds are expected to reach 40-60 mph throughout Central New York until early Friday afternoon.
Residents are also advised to stay clear of areas with standing water as they may contain contaminants.