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Governor tours Moriah, declares state of emergency

MORIAH- Gov. Andrew Cuomo toured flood related damage in Moriah today, declaring a State Disaster Emergency in Essex County following this week's heavy rains and strong winds that caused widespread flooding, power outages and damage to roadways, homes and businesses throughout the county.

The governor surveyed flooded areas and visited the site of the Broad Street Bridge collapse in the Town of Moriah, which was the most traveled bridge in the town with an average of 6,000 vehicles a day.

"These hard-hit communities need their roads and businesses open and a return to normalcy as quickly as possible," Cuomo said. "I have directed state agencies to provide any and all assistance and to help coordinate county-wide clean-up and repair operations."

In announcing the disaster declaration, the governor directed the implementation of the State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan. The State Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is coordinating state agency assistance to local governments and individuals recovering from the storms. In addition, the Department of Environmental Conservation is assisting with flood prevention efforts and will expedite permits for communities making emergency repairs.

Standing over the sunken road at the Broad Street Bridge, Cuomo looked into the debris and said, "Man, that's a frightening drop."

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