Flash Flood Watch issued for Orleans County

Staff Reports Posted 15 June 2015 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers  – This building, the former Burgio Tire in Albion, is reflected in the Erie Canal on Saturday at dusk. The building has a canal-themed mural. The site is now used by Payne’s Carpet and Supplies.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Orleans County from 10 p.m. today until Tuesday at noon. The watch is in effect for much of western and central New York.

The Weather Service says showers and thunderstorms will be moving into the region overnight and into early Tuesday. The recent significant rainfall has resulted in many areas with saturated ground and streams running high.

“Any thunderstorm overnight into early Tuesday will have the potential to produce very heavy rainfall in a short period of time,” the Weather Service said. “This may lead to flash flooding.”

The threat of flash flooding exists along rivers and creeks. Residents near those areas should monitor weather conditions closely and be ready to move to higher ground, the Weather Service said.