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Flooding in Sherburne

Governor Cuomo has issued a disaster declaration for Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Tioga counties after heavy rainfall caused flooding throughout the area.

Cuomo has also declared a State of Emergency for the Village of Sherburne. 
 
Friday afternoon, flood waters filled the streets of the Village's main roads.

The National Weather Service reports there has been moderate flooding: a total of 4.5-5 inches of rainfall in the past 24 hours. 

The Chenango River crested at 10.18 feet at 1:30pm.  As of 10 p.m. Friday,the flood stage was at 9.09 feet with water receding. 

The mayor of Sherburne issued an order of evacuation Thursday night with the help of the Village Fire Department, emergency responders, and police force.

The evacuation has been lifted but the damage is extensive.
 
"We've been around this Village for fifty years more or less, and this is one of the worst floods I've seen.  It was serious and dangerous because a lot of water was water that breached from the banks of fast moving streams that were really full of water," said Sherburne Mayor Bill Acee.
 
Some Sherburne homeowners spent the day cleaning out their flooded  basements.

North Main Street was one of the hardest hit areas. One woman said the water in her basement reached four feet high. Scott Race said his entire backyard was covered by water, and his garden was completely destroyed. The resident said the damage happened very quickly this morning.

"This year we had no sign of anything and then we got the storm yesterday and then this morning it wasn't even raining and 'woosh' it all came in. So now I'm scrambling to get my day off at work, because I can't obviously go anywhere because I'm watered into my house," said Race..

Race said his house gets flooded every year, and he has considered moving.

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