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For Immediate Release: June 28, 2013

GOVERNOR CUOMO ISSUES DISASTER DECLARATION FOR FLOOD IMPACTED COUNTIES

Governor directs State Office of Emergency Management to monitor impacted areas and assist counties with rescue and recovery efforts

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today issued a disaster declaration for Broome, Chenango, Clinton, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego, Tioga, Schoharie, St. Lawrence and Warren counties that have been hit by severe storms and flooding.

The Governor has 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.

"The State is taking action to provide immediate assistance and support to counties in the Mohawk River Valley which are experiencing floods," said Governor Cuomo. "I will be closely monitoring the situation and my administration will continue to coordinate with first responders in all of the affected flooded areas. I urge New Yorkers in these areas to monitor news reports and follow directions from emergency personnel on the ground."

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

Local state of emergency declarations:

Governor Cuomo is overseeing state mobilization including:

In addition, the American Red Cross has opened a shelter for displaced residents in Herkimer and Oneida counties at the Mohawk Valley Community College, 1101 Sherman Drive in Utica. Other shelters will be opening for displaced residents in Oneida Castle, Taberg and Sylvan Beach at 217 Cedar Street (Oneida Armory) in the City of Oneida, and at the Harry Hoag School at 25 High Street in Fort Plain (Montgomery County).

Governor Cuomo offered the following safety tips to residents in the affected areas:

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