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NY woman presumed dead after floodwaters carry away mobile home

Mike Groll / AP

Mud fills the parking lot of a convenience store after flooding on Friday, June 28, 2013, in Fort Plain, N.Y. Severe flooding caused by the spring and early summer's persistent rains damaged houses, closed roads and forced people to flee their homes Friday in New York's Mohawk Valley. Heavy rains Thursday and into early Friday caused the Mohawk River to overflow it banks where it traverses the southern end of Herkimer County, located 60 miles east of Syracuse.

A woman was presumed dead after her mobile home was swept away by the swollen Mohawk River on Friday as flooding brought on by heavy rain forced evacuations in upstate New York.


A bulge in the jet stream over the Great Lakes that is scorching the West was creating a different hazard for the East Coast, bringing scattered showers and thunderstorms that are expected to continue over the next several days, weather.com reported.

Police in Fort Plain, New York, northwest of Albany, told NBC station WNYT that the woman was warned of the flooding danger by officials but refused to leave her home. Witnesses said they saw the trailer carried away. Police were not releasing her name until dive teams were able to recover her body.


In the city of Oneida Deputy Fire Chief James Dalzell estimated that 250 homes and businesses were flooded after two levy breaks.

The Red Cross set up shelters in Oneida and Utica to house residents displaced by the floods. 

In the town of Sherrill, northeast of Albany, a dam failed at its edges and flooded homes.  

"As the water was flowing down, it actually breeched around [the] side of the elevation dam and started to erode this entire bank, and then took some trees down with it, and then took some ... foundation stones," Sherrill City Manager Robert Comis told NBC station WSTM of Syracuse.

The National Weather Service warned of flooding in several other states along the eastern seaboard, including in Pennsylvania, where Gov. Tom Corbett toured flood-damaged areas in a Black Hawk helicopter.

Emergency officials reminded drivers to avoid flooded areas, saying they could be cited for driving on flooded roads.

In Manassas, Va., the flat roof over the showroom of a Hyundai dealership collapsed, with Fire Marshal Francis Teevan saying it was likely caused by the weight of rainwater on the building.

Rain was expected to continue through Wednesday.

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