State Of Emergency Declared In Tioga County. Flooding Closes Schools, Roads.
ITHACA, NY (WSKG) - Parts of the Southern Tier are under a state of emergency due to rain and flooding. Tioga County is under a state of emergency due to flash flooding from the overnight rain that are the result of Hurricane Florence.
The county declared the state of emergency early Tuesday morning. Travel on county roads is restricted to emergency vehicles only. Officials say all county roads are closed and there should be no unnecessary travel until the state of emergency is lifted.
"At the worst, I think probably we had 20-24 different places where roads were closed in Tioga County because of streams overriding, sluice spots being washed away," Doug Barton, Tioga County Public Information Officer, said Tuesday morning.
A railway walking bridge in the town of Tioga is reported to have collapsed into the creek near Lattimer Road where the main railroad is also said to be on the verge of collapsing. Representatives for the Norfolk Southern railroad were on sight this morning site, according to Barton.
The county emergency services have successfully evacuated people from their homes. No injuries are reported. Schools were closed.
Northwest of Binghamton in Broome County on the Tioga border, the town of Maine is also reporting flooding and under a state of emergency. While, northeast of the city, along the Chenango River, the town of Fenton also has flooding and a road collapse.