Broome, Tioga, Chenango, and Delaware are among 18 counties New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared State Disaster Areas due to the December 16-17 record snowfall.

In making the declaration, the Governor says local governments have more flexibility and possible federal funding to aid in speedy recovery.

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Meanwhile, Broome County Emergency Services officials are offering vital safety reminders in the aftermath of the big snow including keeping children from tunneling under the snow, which could collapse, trapping and suffocating kids; or playing in snow plow piles next to the road where they could be hit by passing vehicles and plows.

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As the snow melts and settles, it is becoming more heavy and dense.   Avoid overexertion when shoveling.   Remove snow gradually, taking frequent rest breaks, dress appropriately, drink plenty of water and seek emergency medical attention if you develop chest discomfort, breathing difficulty or other issues.

Keep vents for dryers and furnaces clear of snow and have a working carbon monoxide detector in your living space and follow all safety guidelines when using alternate heating sources like fireplaces, wood stoves and electric heaters.

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