STEUBEN CO., N.Y. (WROC) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a State of Emergency in Steuben County after flash flooding damaged over 100 homes and displaced residents overnight.

Steuben County remains under a local State of Emergency prohibiting travel in the Towns of West Union, Woodhull, Troupsburg, Tuscarora, Greenwood, Canisteo, Hornellsville, and Jasper.

A 17-person Swift Water Rescue crew including Department of Environmental Conservation, State Police and Office of Fire Prevention and Control personnel was deployed and responded to multiple flooded homes in six different municipalities.

All DOT maintenance personnel are currently on duty statewide and responding to incidents of flooding as necessary. Shelter supplies such as cots, pillows, blankets, food water and generators were staged at the Woodhull Fire Department to assist with evacuations.

“We’re declaring a state of emergency in Steuben County as State agencies and all available resources remain on the ground responding to the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred, and we continue to assist local partners helping communities recover in affected areas,” Governor Cuomo said. “While this system has begun moving out of the state, our work is not over and all New Yorkers should know that state resources remain available to any locality in need of support.”

Residents of the southside of Addison were urged to evacuate immediately on Wednesday. A Red Cross emergency shelter was been established at the Corning-Painted Post High School at 201 Cantigney St, Corning, NY.

Around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Steuben County officials said residents who were evacuated may return home. Officials say the State of Emergency is still in effect until further notice.

The county released the following statement Thursday evening:

The State of Emergency for the Towns of West Union, Woodhull, Troupsburg, Tuscarora, Greenwood, Canisteo, Hornellsville, Jasper and Addison remains in effect until further notice.  Many roads remain closed due to heavy debris and significant damage. 

Individuals with damages needing assistance can reach out to the 211 Helpline by dialing 2-1-1 and providing their contact information where they will be connected with the appropriate community service organization that can assess their needs.    

The American Red Cross has shelters open at the following locations:

Corning Painted Post High School,  201 Cantigney St., Corning NY 14830

Canisteo Fire Department, 14 S. Main St., Canisteo NY 14823

Steuben County is asking that residents and organizations to refrain from dropping donations off at the two active shelters in Corning and Canisteo.

The generosity of county residents is unquestioned and greatly appreciated, especially in times of emergency.  However, the Red Cross is unable to accept donations at these sites at this times.

The damage area is still being assessed by Local, County and State Officials.  A time will come when you can all help get our communities back on their feet, but right now we need to assess the damage and make plans for a proper recovery.  The County will work with our Local Community Organizations to deploy the properly staffed and trained resources to assist the residents in the disaster area.

The current county road closures in Steuben County include:

  • County Route 21, Town of Canisteo
  • County Route 28, Town of Hartsville
  • County Route 31, South Canisteo
  • County Route 82, Town of Troupsburg
  • County Route 85, Town of Tuscarora
  • County Route 99, Town of Woodhull
  • County Route 103, Town of Woodhull
  • County Route 117, Town of Troupsburg
  • County Route 129, Town of Woodhull

State Roads Include:

  • State Route 417 from State Route 36 in Jasper to Addison Village Line
  • State Route 36 from County Route 119 to Canisteo Village Line

Until further notice, travel is prohibited in the towns of West Union, Woodhull, Troupsburg, Tuscarora, Greenwood, Canisteo, Hornellsville, and Jasper.

Residents are asked to stay off the roadways to allow emergency vehicles to respond to emergencies. The county is asking residents to avoid calling 911 “unless it is for a true emergency.”