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Madison County issues state of emergency, discourages travel after roads flood


Wampsville, N.Y. — Parts of southern Madison County are in a state of emergency Sunday night and Monday morning after several roads flooded.

Madison County Board Chairman John M. Becker issued the state of emergency Sunday night after roads flooded in the towns of DeRuyter, Georgetown, Lebanon and Eaton.

A “no unnecessary travel advisory” also is in effect for these areas until 7 a.m. Monday.

“Travel is difficult, please limit or do not travel in these areas,” according to a county news release.

“Heavy rains from the remnants of Hurricane Henri, along with extremely saturated ground have caused flooding and flash flooding,” the county wrote in the release. “Many roads in these areas are unpassable at this time. The flood waters have been rising and receding quickly. More rain is expected, please remain diligent.”

County officials advised residents to “not walk, swim or drive through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown. Remember, only six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep away a vehicle. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding.”

Earlier this weekend, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office called for no unnecessary travel on Oneida Lake because of dangerously high water levels.

The unusually high water levels on the lake caused shoreline flooding, and are hiding hazards in the water, such as shore walls and rocks, that are typically able to be seen, according to the sheriff’s office.

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