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Today's Top Stories - Friday, August 20th, 2021

Red Cross & County Officials Cannot Accept Donations
Steuben County officials and the Red Cross ask residents and organizations to refrain from bringing donations to the shelters set up in Corning and Canisteo following Wednesday night's flash flooding, as the Red Cross is unable to accept donations at these sites at this time.


DEC Issues Emergency Declaration for Steuben County After Floods
After some roads across the county are still closed, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation issued an emergency declaration today to help communities affected in the county make necessary repairs after the flash flooding that occurred Wednesday night. This declaration expedites necessary permit reviews for work to repair infrastructure and structures on and over waterways, restore waterway channel capacity, and perform other activities necessary to restore public safety. The DEC plans to conduct on-site visits, meet with property owners and local officials and offer guidance to review all emergency permit applications.


State of Emergency Continues for Western Steuben Communities
The State of Emergency for the Towns of West Union, Woodhull, Troupsburg, Tuscarora, Greenwood, Canisteo, Hornellsville, Jasper and Addison remains in effect until further notice.  Many roads remain closed due to heavy debris and significant damage.  Individuals with damages needing assistance can reach out to the 211 Helpline by dialing 2-1-1 and providing their contact information where they will be connected with the appropriate community service organization that can assess their needs. Eight county roads are closed along with several town roads. State Route 417 from State Route 36 in Jasper to the Addison Village Line is closed and State Route 36 from County Route 119 to the Canisteo Village Line is also closed.    


Smith Urges Public to Slow COVID Spread During County Surge
Steuben County Health Director Darlene Smith reminded the public this week that with a surge of COVID in Steuben County as well as the Southern Tier region, residents must be mindful to help prevent and stop the spread of the coronavirus, despite the mixed messaging from the CDC regarding masking. In a Community Focus interview this week, Smith said she is hopeful we can get back to a lower risk level if the public continues social distancing, wearing masks, being mindful of your contacts and getting vaccinated, if eligible. Hear the whole interview at: https://wvinbath.com/assets/podcaster/215/2021_08_19_215_106661_4795.mp3




NWS Reports 4 inches of Rain from Tropical Storm Fred
According to the 3-day precipitation total from the National Weather Service, more than 7 inches of rain fell in Prattsburgh, close to 4 inches in Bath and more than 3 inches in Savona. Prevention and Control personnel was deployed and responded to multiple flooded homes in six different municipalities. Steuben County is estimating more than 120 homes were damaged by floodwaters.


Floods Cause Canisteo Train Derailment
Officials say a train derailment in Canisteo may have been caused by flooding conditions. The good news is…no one was injured. The derailment happened in the village near county road 119.


Private Sector Jobs Increased in Past Month
According to preliminary figures just released by the New York State Department of Labor, the number of private sector jobs in New York State increased over the month by 43,800, to almost 7.5 in July 2021. This was the largest net gain in private sector jobs since March 2021.  New York State's private sector jobs (not seasonally adjusted) increased by 7.0% over the year in July 2021.


202nd Steuben County Fair Continues Today in Bath
The weather appears to be cooperating as the Steuben County Fair continues today in Bath. Happening behind the Grandstand at 7 is the popular Monster Truck Show. Saturday at 6 is the Truck and Tractor Pull and Sunday…the last day of the Fair, it’s the Demolition Derby finals at 4 p.m.

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