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Flooding across the Mohawk Valley and other areas of NY

MOHAWK VALLEY, N.Y. -- Powerful flash floods wreaked havoc on streets and homes in Montgomery and Herkimer counties on Friday.

Governor Andrew Cuomo surveyed the areas via helicopter before landing in Montgomery County.

Fort Plain and Canajoharie were among the most damaged. Strong storms came through the area overnight, causing the water to rise upwards of three-and-a-half feet in some areas.

Anyone in areas that typically flood should use extra caution and be ready to leave the house on short notice.

"Remember you are your own first responder in your own home and again, use prudence. You have men and women who are first responders here. We don't want anyone to have to put their lives in harm's way. So please, prudence, and we'll get through this like we've gotten through far worst in the past," Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

The governor's requesting disaster assistance for a number of counties, including Herkimer and Montgomery.

Cuomo urged anyone who needs help to call police at (518) 630-1700.

Flash flooding in parts of our area caused some major damage on Friday. Fort Plain and Canajoharie were among the areas hardest hit. YNN's Karen Tararache has more from Montgomery County.

Listen to the full interview with Adam Schwabrow from the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management.

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We've received several videos from some of our viewers showing some of the flooding.

This first one was sent to us by Elizabeth Marosek in Fort Plain. She tells us she shot this video around 6 a.m. Friday. Says she had about three inches of water in her basement and will have to replace some appliances and furniture. She tells us she's lived in her home for 40 years and this is the first time she's ever experienced any flooding problems from the Otsquago Creek.

Another Fort Plain viewer, Natalie Bartholomew, sent us this video, showing flooding on Abbott Street. You can see the strong currents take down several trees. She also sent us a separate video clip of the water carrying away a car.


Governor speaks


Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke briefly in Canajoharie on Friday about the flooding happening in the region. You can see what he has to say below.
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Aerial footage


Before the Governor spoke, he toured the areas via helicopter. You can watch the raw footage of what was seen from the air below.
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Safety tips

Governor Cuomo offered the following safety tips to residents in the affected areas:
• Monitor the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Weather Radio or your local radio and TV station broadcasts for information.
• If local officials advise evacuation, do so promptly.
• Bring outside possessions inside the house or tie them down securely. This includes lawn furniture, garbage cans, and other movable objects.
• If there is time, move essential items and furniture to upper floors in the house. Disconnect electrical appliances that cannot be moved. DO NOT touch them if you are wet or standing in water.
• If you are told to shut off water, gas, or electrical services before leaving, do so.
• Secure your home: lock all doors and windows.
• When traveling:
o Make sure you have enough fuel for your car.
o Follow recommended routes. DO NOT sightsee.
o As you travel, monitor NOAA Weather Radio and local radio broadcasts for the latest information.
o Watch for washed-out roads, earth-slides, broken water or sewer mains, loose or downed electrical wires, and falling or fallen objects.
o Watch for areas where rivers or streams may suddenly rise and flood, such as highway dips, bridges, and low areas.
o DO NOT attempt to drive over a flooded road. Turn around and go another way.
o DO NOT underestimate the destructive power of fast-moving water. Two feet of fast-moving flood water will float your car. Water moving at two miles per hour can sweep cars off a road or bridge.
o If you are in your car and water begins to rise rapidly around you, abandon the vehicle immediately.
To receive emergency information in your area, sign up for free alerts and notifications at NY Alert’s website www.nyalert.gov.

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