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Governor declares Essex County flooding disaster, tours area

Douglas struck a similar note, before giving the governor a binder filled with pictures and articles from the media regarding the flooding, as well as preliminary cost estimates for fixing the damage.

"When I first contacted (Cuomo's) office, the first response I got was 'How can we help?'" Douglas said. "It wasn't, 'We don't have the resources; we don't have the money.' It was 'What do you need, and how quickly do you need it?'"

As of Monday, May 2, 13 of county's 18 towns were under a state of emergency.

Little said Cuomo's presence at the disaster site was a demonstration of his commitment to local people.

"I never cease to be amazed by the power of water,"Little said. "But if you were going to write a book as to how to deal with a crisis, this would be it. Because what we have here is teamwork and leadership by the governor."

Martens said the DEC had been quite busy over the prior 48 hours.

"As most of you know, along with this bridge went a sewer line, an 18-inch sewer line, that was ruptured," Martens said. "Thanks to the fast work of the town and DEC, you can see the line has been shored up, repaired, patched. It obviously needs additional work, but if it wasn't for the quick action of the local officials here, we'd be spewing raw sewage, eventually into Lake Champlain, because that's where it would head from this spot."

Martens said DEC inspectors had been monitoring regional dams, and DEC rangers had been laying sandbags and clearing debris.

McDonald stressed the importance of teamwork in the disaster response.

"I think one of the messages we've heard is the traveling public doesn't distinguish between a state road, a county road, a town road,"McDonald said. "What's important is that everybody came together to respond to an emergency situation."

McDonald said that's what DOT employees are best at. Cuomo toured other flood sites that day.

"The goal is not just to rebuild, the goal is to rebuild better than we were before," he said. "And that's what we're going to do together. That's what we do as New Yorkers."

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