Governor Declares State Of Emergency For Chautauqua County Following Storm

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ALBANY – New York State’s Governor has declared a state of emergency for Chautauqua and ten other counties a storm that brought heavy rain and wind overnight.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says 200 members of the national guard will assist with response operations.

“Overnight a severe storm hit the state, bringing with it high wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour and heavy rain that caused flash flooding and widespread power outages,” Governor Cuomo said. “I am deploying 200 members of the National Guard to impacted areas to assist with response operations.”

Soldiers and airmen will be equipped with bobcats, dump trucks and front-end loaders to assist with clearing debris.

The declaration also opened the state’s Emergency Operations Center.

Statewide, the Governor says the storm caused nearly 60 roads closures across the state and has left more than 241,000 buildings or homes without power.

New Yorkers are advised to exercise caution and only travel if necessary.

Motorists should travel with extra caution as multiple roads are closed and floodwaters may make driving difficult throughout the day.


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