State of emergency remains in effect for Cortland County due to recent storms

Flooding on Route 215 in Virgil early Friday evening (Peter Blanchard/Cortland Voice)

CORTLAND, N.Y. - The state of emergency for Cortland County that was issued Friday evening following heavy storms will remain in effect until further notice, county officials announced Tuesday morning.

All county roads that were damaged due to flooding or ongoing construction are open and passable, but county officials have decided to keep the declaration in effect in an effort "to mobilize local, state, and federal resources," according to Donnell Boyden, chair of the Cortland County Legislature.

The declaration was issued after heavy rains late Friday afternoon caused flash flooding in the towns of Virgil, Harford, Marathon, and Lapeer.

The supervisors for the towns of Harford and Virgil have also issued states of emergency in order to facilitate repairs and cleanup of extensive storm damage in their communities.

"To be clear, there is no danger to the public safety at this point and there are no restrcitions on travel," Boyden said. "The State of Emergency declaration will remain in effect until either 30 days elapses or a subsequent order is issued by the Chairman of the Legislature."

Residents with questions about the declaration are asked to contact the County Public Information officer at 607-753-5049 or the Department of Emergency Response at 753-5064.