HERKIMER, N.Y. - The National Weather Service in Albany has changed the flash flood emergency to a flood warning in western Fulton County, southern Herkimer County including the areas of Mohawk, Fairfield, Little Falls, Ilion and Herkimer, and western Montgomery County including the areas of Canajoharie, Fort Plain, and St. Johnsville.
NWS says the rain has ended, however major flash flooding earlier
Friday has left areas and roads still flooded with debris. Recovery
operations are ongoing. Water is receding but persons in these areas
should use extreme caution and avoid travel into flooded areas.
The Herkimer County Sheriff's Department tells the NEWS CENTER that all major and secondary roads in Herkimer are closed due to flooding and mud slides. They also reported houses and cars underwater. The Sheriff's Department says this is worse than the flood in 2006.
The Herkimer County Sheriff's Department is focusing on life rescues. They say the first calls for life rescue started coming in around 4:30 a.m. At one point they had 150 open calls from people needing life rescue.
Dispatchers in the county say one home from German Flats floated down Creek Road with people still inside.
They say the number of calls are decreasing now. They're still focused on life rescues and then will focus on washouts of roads, bridges, and any mud slides.
They recommend that everyone in the area get to the highest ground possible such as the second story of a house. If any residents are in a car, the sheriff's department says to leave the vehicle, re-enter the home and get to higher ground.
The NEWS CENTER will bring updates as more information becomes available.