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Hamlet of Campbell residents can now return to their homes (video)

Steuben County officials announced residents will be allowed to return to their homes in the hamlet of Campbell effective 5 p.m. but will not be allowed to enter until appropriate safety checks have taken place. County Manager Jack Wheeler said homes in the hamlet must be checked by Corning Natural Gas and other emergency responders for potential problems with utilities before occupants will be allowed to enter.

“We want to make sure these homes are safe, even if flood waters have receded,” Wheeler said. “We thank everyone for their patience.”

Wheeler said the local state of emergency and evacuation in the hamlet – declared at 2:45 p.m. Friday – has not been lifted yet.

County Emergency Services Director Tim Marshall said the Finger Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross has established an emergency shelter for residents at the Campbell Savona Elementary School on State Route 226. Residents that cannot re-enter their homes due to water damage can find shelter at the Campbell Savona Elementary School, Marshall said. Emergency responders will be on hand to assist residents with their concerns, Wheeler said.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

Hamlet of Campbell residents evacuated after ice jam floods the Cohocton River

Steuben County officials announced at 2:45 p.m. Friday that a local state of emergency has been declared the hamlet of Campbell, with evacuation being ordered effective immediately. The evacuation is due to flooding in the hamlet due to ice jams in the Cohocton River.

Residents are being asked leave their homes immediately and to take shelter in the Savona Elementary School, 64 East Lamoka Ave., Savona.

Local law enforcement and emergency management personnel are on scene.

As of 3:45 pm the ice jam has released but could reform near the confluence with the Tioga River near Painted Post.

Steuben County officials announced at 2:45 p.m. Friday that a local state of emergency has been declared the hamlet of Campbell, with evacuation being ordered effective immediately. The evacuation is due to flooding in the hamlet due to ice jams in the Cohocton River.

Residents are being asked leave their homes immediately and to take shelter in the Savona Elementary School, 64 East Lamoka Ave., Savona.

Local law enforcement and emergency management personnel are on scene.

As of 3:45 pm the ice jam has released but could reform near the confluence with the Tioga River near Painted Post.

For updates on the status of the emergency as they become available, go to the Steuben County Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/1.SteubenCountyNY.

The Red Cross issued the following release at 4:28 pm:

Volunteers from the American Red Cross have opened a shelter in Steuben County for residents forced to evacuate or without utilities due to severe flooding in the area. The shelter is located at Campbell-Savona Elementary School, 64 E Lamoka Ave, Savona, NY. Volunteers are offering a warm place to stay, food and water, comfort and support to families affected by this disaster.

As Flood Warnings and Winter Storm Warnings/Watches continue into the weekend, the Red Cross remains in constant contact with emergency officials across the region to coordinate the most efficient and effective response to these storms, and is prepared to provide additional relief services as needed.

People can download the Red Cross Emergency App for instant access to flood, winter storm, and other disaster safety tips, as well real-time weather alerts for their area and where loved-ones live. Expert medical guidance and a hospital locator are included in the First Aid App in case travelers encounter any mishaps. Both apps are available to download for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps.

You can help people affected by disasters like floods, winter storms, countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-REDCROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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