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Flash flood watch issued for Orleans, WNY

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 May 2014 at 12:00 am

A flash flood watch has been issued for Orleans County and most of Western New York.

The watch is in effect from today through Friday afternoon. The National Weather Service says the area could see 1.5 to 2 inches of rain causing possible flooding in poorly drained areas and small creeks.

“By Friday excessive runoff will bring significant rises to larger creeks and rivers with a few possibly reaching flood stage,” the Weather Service advised.

Residents in flood prone areas are urged to monitor weather conditions closely and to be prepared to move to higher ground.

The flood watch includes Orleans, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Niagara, Northern Erie, Genesee and Wyoming counties.