The Madison County Sheriff’s department reported that 4 people were killed when 4 homes collapsed during a possible tornado at around 7:15 last night.  The Madison County Sheriff’s department have identified the deceased as 35 year old Kimberly Hillard, 35 ; her daughter, 4 month old Paris Newman, 70 year old Virginia Warner, and 53 year old Arnie Allen, all of Goff Road in Smithfield.  Widespread damage was reported from downed trees & power lines, National Weather service officials will also investigate if a tornado touched down last night on Bear Spring Mountain in Walton, Nyseg reported about 1600 customers went without power for a few hours last night in Delaware & Chenango counties.


Governor Cuomo today announced that his June 16 request to President Obama for a federal major disaster declaration has been approved for Delaware & 10 other counties following severe storms and flooding on May 12th that caused serious damage and destruction.  The storms and flooding were followed by Roof collapses, evacuations & more than 6,500 homes and business without power, over 130 families sustained significant property damage.


The 125th Afton Fair gets underway today at 4:00 pm. The fair will feature the annual Community Parade starting at 7:00 pm.  Rides, games food, agricultural exhibits & entertainment will be featured through Saturday; more information is available at 639-2682 or 639-1525.


Commerce Chenango will hold their next Business after Hours” event today from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, at Frontier Communications at East Park Place in downtown Norwich.  Chamber members are invited to attend.


Delaware County Public Health will hold a Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic today for dogs, cats, and ferrets.  The clinic will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Deposit Town Clerk Building, 3 Elm Street in Deposit.  More information is available at 832-5200 or delawarecountypublichealth.com.


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