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Record flooding hits NY, PA towns

Hundreds of residents in shelters as fast-rising waters force evacuations.

June 28, 2013

Several days of heavy rain and thunderstorms has caused flooding in northwestern Pennsylvania and Central New York State.

In Oneida County, several hundred people have been evacuated from Whitesboro and Whitestown according to a spokesperson for the NY State Police. Homes near Hamilton College were also reported to have been flooded.

Residents in the southern part of Herkimer County, about 60-miles east of Syracuse, were moving furniture to upper floors Friday as the Mohawk River went over its banks. At least three families were rescued by emergency responders. The American Red Cross opened a shelter at the Mohawk Valley Community College for Oneida and Herkimer County residents.

The Oneida Creek in Oneida has reached record levels according to Syracuse.com. Roads near the creek have been washed out.

Mohawk River flooding is also threatening recent repairs made to the Erie Canal following flash floods earlier this month that damaged the canal's movable dam system. The Canal was closed Friday morning between Lock 2 in Waterford and Lock 22 in New London.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has issued a disaster declaration for

Fourteen New York counties are under flood watches and warnings.

Street flooding was also reported in many towns along the I-80 corridor in northern Pennsylvania and in the Pittsburgh suburbs. Residents of Dubois, PA, began cleaning up Friday after flash flooding hit the area Thursday. Some residents of the city said the flooding was the worst they had experienced in decades. Visitors at a Hampton Inn were evacuated and moved to a nearby high school.

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