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National Weather Service issues flood watch


June 23, 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BINGHAMTON HAS ISSUED A

* SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR...

SULLIVAN COUNTY...
EASTERN WAYNE COUNTY...

* UNTIL 2:45 PM EDT

* AT 733 AM EDT...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED HEAVY RAIN WAS FALLING...
AND WILL RESULT IN MINOR FLOODING.

* LOCATIONS IN THE ADVISORY INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO BETHEL...
LIBERTY...LOCH SHELDRAKE AND MONTICELLO.

SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS...WITH TORRENTIAL RAINFALL...WILL CONTINUE
OVER CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN SULLIVAN COUNTY...THROUGH AT LEAST 830 AM.
ADDITIONAL RAINFALL OF AN INCH OR MORE...LOCALLY...IS EXPECTED THIS
MORNING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

IN HILLY TERRAIN THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF LOW WATER CROSSINGS WHICH ARE
POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS IN HEAVY RAIN. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TRAVEL ACROSS
FLOODED ROADS. FIND ALTERNATE ROUTES. IT TAKES ONLY A FEW INCHES OF
SWIFTLY FLOWING WATER TO CARRY VEHICLES AWAY.

Sullivan County manager David Fanslau issued a press release which said:

A series of thunderstorms with heavy rain will move across the area from Scranton to Monticello through 10 am. Localized rainfall of 2 to 4 inches in 3 hours will be enough to cause rapid flooding of streams, creeks, and poor drainage areas. Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely, move to higher ground. Even after the rain has ended over the warned area, runoff will continue flooding of small streams.

A Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring. If you are in the warning area move to higher ground immediately. Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate precautions to protect life and property. Do not attempt to cross swiftly flowing waters or waters of unknown depth by foot or by automobile. Do not underestimate the power of flood waters. Only a few inches of rapidly flowing water can quickly carry away your vehicle.