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Cuomo declares state of emergency after heavy rain and flooding causes severe damage

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks with first reponders in Dolgeville Friday morning

Updated at 12:20 p.m.

Heavy rain, flooding, and high winds have caused damage across central and northern New York, with parts of the Mohawk Valley being hit hardest. Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for 11 counties, including Oneida, Herkimer and Cayuga counties. 

Cuomo, who was surveying damage in Dolgeville Friday morning, witnessed one of the water rescues.

"A home was in danger of being swept away, and we just took five people out of a home, including an infant. These situations can be a matter of life and death and people should take them seriously," Cuomo told North Country Public Radio Friday morning.

Friday afternoon, Cuomo confirmed that one person died in the Herkimer County town of Norway. State officials say the individual drove into a flooded area that they should not have been in. 

National Grid reports more than 100,000 power outages, as of 12:15 p.m. Friday. 

Check here for the latest outage numbers from National Grid

Chautauqua, Dutchess, Erie, Essex, Hamilton, Montgomery, Saratoga, and Warren counties are also included in the state of emergency. Cuomo said nearly 60 roads are closed across the state, and 200 members of the National Guard are being deployed to help with response and clean up. 

Evacuations have taken place in Little Falls and in Whitesboro because of flooding, and the Red Cross has set up a shelter at the Whitesboro Fire Department.

Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck has issued a travel advisory for the county. Schneck said a number of roads in the towns of Moravia and Locke are flooded and impassable. 

A high wind warning remains in effect for much of the region through Friday evening. Winds will be 30-40mph through the afternoon with gusts as high as 60 mph. The high winds have resulted in a number of power outages around the region. That's led to a number of schools and colleges canceling classes for the day.

For residents who live along the Lake Ontario shoreline, a Lakeshore Flood Warning remains in effect until 8 p.m. Friday. Waves along the eastern shore could reach 15-20 feet, whichh could result in some flooding along the shore.

Jason has served as WRVO's news director in some capacity since August 2017. As news director, Jason produces hourly newscasts, and helps direct local news coverage and special programming. Before that, Jason hosted Morning Edition on WRVO from 2009-2019. Jason came to WRVO in January of 2008 as a producer/reporter. Before that, he spent two years as an anchor/reporter at WSYR Radio in Syracuse.