Flood watch issued for Orleans County, WNY

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 5 November 2017 at 2:50 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: A quilt pattern on a barn is pictured in Kendall last week on Route 237. The barn is part of the Country Barn Quilt Trail in Kendall.

A flood watch has been issued for Orleans County and Western New York beginning at 4 p.m. today and continuing through Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo.

A slow moving cold front will bring another round of heavy rainfall late this afternoon through tonight. Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 1.5 inches are expected. This will bring two-day rainfall totals into the 1.5 to 2.5 inch-range in many locations. This rain is falling on already saturated ground from wet weather over the past few weeks, the Weather Service said.

Excessive runoff from the heavy rainfall may result in flooding of low lying areas and also small streams and creeks. Drainage inlets clogged by leaves will increase the risk of street flooding. Some larger creeks and rivers will also see significant rises across Western New York, and some will likely reach minor flood stage, according to the Weather Service.

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