UTICA, NY (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – The rains may have ended that caused flooding issues in the Boonville area and southern Lewis County, as well as caused the evacuation of some residents in Westernville. But, the full impact of the flooding may not have been fully felt as of Thursday night. Because of the record high water level at Delta Dam and its impact of the Mohawk River and Woods Creek, Rome Mayor Jacqueline Izzo has declared a State of Emergency in the Copper City. Rome’s Police and Fire Departments are urging city residents in the flood affected areas to evacuate immediately.
For those who are not able to secure shelter with family or friends, a Red Cross Shelter has been set up at Rome Free Academy with the help of the Rome City School District. those in need of directions can call the Rome Police at 315-339-7780.
In the Downtown Rome area, East Dominic Street was underwater in the area of where it crosses the Mohawk River. Among the businesses affected is Rome’s landmark restaurant The Savoy. Delta Dam saw record levels. At 6:45PM Thursday, the water level was at 553.7 feet. That was one tenth of a foot from the maximum of the day. That maximum of 558.8 feet broke the old record of 553.3 feet set in 2004. Flood stage at the dam is 551.5 feet. The Mohawk River at the Dam is not expected to fall below Flood Stage until Saturday morning and continue for a 24 hour period.
Rome is upriver of Utica. The State has notified Utica city officials that they plan to relieve the record water level at Delta Dam Thursday night. The State says that that could result in flooding conditions in North Utica Friday morning. Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri issued a statement Thursday night saying that the city was taking proactive measures to prepare for flooding. The area of greatest concern is in the area of Leland and Wurz Avenues and North Genesee Street, areas that have seen flooding in the past.
Mayor Palmieri advised drivers who use that area in their morning commute should be prepared for alternate routes.