State of emergency declared in Johnsburg, flooding closes roads

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Johnsburg Town Hall Photo by Andy Flynn.

Governor’s response

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today issued a disaster declaration for 15 New York counties that have been hit by severe storms and flooding, including Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Herkimer, St. Lawrence and Warren counties.

Cuomo activated the New York State Office of Emergency Management (NYSOEM) to closely monitor the impacted areas and to assist counties with ongoing rescue and recovery efforts.

“With more rain in the forecast, there is a potential for more flooding in more areas in the region,” New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jerome M. Hauer said in a prepared statement. “We are asking people to stay alert, listen to emergency instructions and cooperate with local officials if needed.”

Aside from the town of Johnsburg, state of emergency declarations in the Adirondack region have been issued in the towns of Chesterfield and Elizabethtown in Essex County.

The governor is overseeing state mobilization, including Department of Environmental Conservation airboats placed on standby at Lowville, Sherburn, Warrenburg and Franklin County.

Much of the efforts are centered in the Mohawk Valley.

Weather forecast

The National Weather Service issued a Flood Warning until 2:45 p.m. today. A Flood Watch is in effect until 6 p.m.

The National Weather forecast for today calls for a chance of showers, with thunderstorms possible after 2 p.m. Otherwise, it will be mostly cloudy with a high near 72. The chance of precipitation is 40 percent. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight, there will be a chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1 a.m., then a slight chance of showers. The low will be around 54 degrees. the chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

On Saturday, there is a slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. It will be mostly cloudy with a high near 76 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

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