December 5, 2021

Cortland County declares state of emergency

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A state of emergency has been declared for Cortland County after torrential downpours and high winds Thursday caused roads to wash out and damage to culverts, according to a release from the county.

“Fortunately, no lives were lost as a result of this storm, but municipalities across the county are facing expensive repairs,” said Kevin Whitney (R-Cortlandville), the legislature chairman and acting county administrator. “By issuing this declaration, it will ensure that if state and federal funding is made available to offset the cost of repairs communities in the county will be eligible for that assistance.”

There is no threat to public safety, Whitney said, but he said people should be vigilant when on the roads and to report any damage to 911.

The rivers in the county are at a minor flood stage and no other serious flooding is expected, the release said.