Dozens of people were rescued or evacuated after heavy rain brought on by the remnants of tropical storm Fred caused heavy flash floods in parts of New York State. Floods were also recorded in parts of Massachusetts, where 2 people were rescued.
Flooding damaged about 120 homes in Steuben County, where sections of roads were destroyed or littered with debris. On August 18, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo declared a state of emergency in Steuben County.
Affected areas include the cities of West Union, Woodhull, Truopsburg, Tuscarora, Greenwood, Canisteo, Hornelsville, Jasper and Addison, where 8 people were rescued from flooded homes. Shelters were established in Corning and Canisteo to accommodate the evacuees.
In a statement, Gov. Cuomo said, "We are declaring a state of emergency in Steuben County as state agencies and all available resources remain in place to respond to the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred, and we continue to help local authorities rebuild affected areas."
The train derailed in Kanisteo due to erosion from a flash flood. Railway company Norfolk Southern said the only main line was blocked as a result, resulting in delays. There were no reports of casualties.
The Binghamton National Weather Service, New York, recorded 7.42 inches (188.47 mm) of precipitation in Prattsburgh, Steuben County, 72 hours through Aug.19.
On the evening of August 18, the water level in the Tuscarora Creek off South Addison in Steuben County reached 14.16 feet, breaking the previous record of 13.54 feet set in 2004. The major flood level here is 13 feet.