Governor Cuomo has activated the New York State Flood Helpline to aid residents affected by the widespread flooding across the state.

New Yorkers can call the helpline for assistance includng important local contact information for the Red Cross and Salvation Army, health and safety tips and what to do in case of a power outage.

Officials say life threatening emergencies should be reserved for 9-1-1.

The NYS Flood Helpline number is 1-888-769-7243,