SCHUYLER COUNTY, N.Y. — After several inches of rain, nearby counties are struggling with flooding and many people have had to evacuate.

Five to nine inches of rain have fallen in some areas, leading to flash flooding, and more rain is coming down. To help with evacuations, the Ithaca Fire Department sent a Swift Water Rescue Team to Schuyler County early Tuesday.

At about 5 a.m., Tompkins County 911 got calls for assistance in the Hector-Valois area of Schuyler County, where many people were trapped and cut off due to rising flood waters. The IFD’s team arrived on scene with five members and made several rescues from houses by mid-morning, the Ithaca Fire Department said in a news release.

In total, the IFD was able to rescue 13 people by boat and another seven on land.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for portions of the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Central New York.

In a briefing Tuesday, Cuomo declared a state of emergency for Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Monroe, Onondaga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Wayne, Yates and contiguous counties through Aug. 21.

The National Weather Service has issued for a flash flood warning for Seneca, Schuyler and Yates counties, in effect until 4:15 p.m. Though the heaviest rain has ended, the alert says, flooding is ongoing with several roads and bridges flood or closed and people being evacuated.

“This is a dangerous situation,” the NWS said.

Images provided by the Ithaca Fire Department.

Kelsey O'Connor

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