State of emergency declared after flash floods in Steuben County, N.Y., USA

Dozens of people were rescued or evacuated after heavy rain brought by remnants of Tropical Storm Fred caused severe flash flooding in parts of New York State. Flooding was also reported in parts of Massachusetts, where 2 people were rescued.

Flooding damaged about 120 homes in Steuben County, where sections of roads were destroyed or littered with debris. On August 18, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo declared a state of emergency in Steuben County.

Affected areas include the cities of West Union, Woodhull, Trupsburg, Tuscarora, Greenwood, Canisteo, Hornellsville, Jasper and Addison, where eight people were rescued from flooded homes. Shelters have been set up in Corning and Canisteo to house evacuees.

In a statement, Governor Cuomo said: “We are declaring a state of emergency in Steuben County as state agencies and all available resources remain in place responding to the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred, and we continue to help local authorities rebuild affected areas.”

A train derailed in Canisteo due to erosion from flash flooding. Norfolk Southern Railroad reported that the only main line was blocked as a result, causing delays. No injuries were reported.

The National Weather Service in Binghamton, N.Y., recorded 7.42 inches (188.47 mm) of rainfall in Prattsburg, Steuben County, for 72 hours through Aug. 19.

On the evening of Aug. 18, the water level in the Tuscarora Creek off South Addison in Steuben County reached 14.16 feet, breaking the previous record of 13.54 feet set in 2004. The major flood level here is 13 feet.

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