Updated 08/28/2011 09:35 PM
One dead in Delaware County after floods
A State of Emergency remains in effect in Delaware County as the area continues to experience flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene. People have been rescued from their homes, with a number of others asked to evacuate for their own safety. Our Melissa Kakareka was in the Town of Walton with the latest on what's happening there.
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DELAWARE COUNTY, N.Y. -- Tropical Storm Irene has made its mark on the Southern Tier, causing widespread flooding, damage and even one death.
The Delaware County Sheriff's office confirms that a woman in her 70s was killed after while staying in a motel in Fleischmanns. Flood waters reportedly caused the Valkyrian Motel to partially collapse. The victim was later found dead by rescue teams.
The Fleishmanns area, along with the towns of Middletown and Roxbury were all among the hardest hit by flooding.
Emergency crews spent the day rescuing people from their homes, using boats and helicopters in the effort and the threat is not over yet. The West Brach of the Delaware is expected to exceed the flood stage overnight. The Village of Walton is recommending anyone living in low lying areas evacuate.
NYSEG will be turning off all power for safety purposes.
Officials say the situation is still very serious and evacuations are in effect.
Shelters are being set up across Delaware County for residents who have been flooded out of their homes or who have lost power.
Also, officials say do not hesitate to contact emergency services if you need help getting out of your home. The phone number for Emergency Services is (607) 746-9600.