ROME, NY - A State of Emergency has been declared in the City of Rome as a result of Thursday's heavy rain and flooding.
In a press release emailed to local media, Mayor Jacqueline Izzo says the Rome Police and Fire departments are advising residents who live in areas affected by the floods to "evacuate immediately for their health and safety."
StormTracker 2 Meteorologist Bill Kardas says Rome received two inches of rain on Thursday, most of it falling within a 12-hour period.
Several streets in and around the city are closed due to flooding from swollen Delta Lake, Wood Creek and the Mohawk River. Delta Lake is currently six inches higher than the previous record, which was set in 2004.
The Rome City School District and the Red Cross have opened a shelter at Rome Free Academy for those who have been displaced from their homes and don't have a place to stay.
Anyone who needs assistance can call Rome Police at 315-339-7780.
The State of Emergency is in effect as of 6:00 p.m. Thursday and will remain until further notice.