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  • Flood Watch for Cattaraugus County, New York
  • Flood Watch issued February 21 at 12:03PM EST until February 21 at 6:00PM EST by NWS
  • Effective: Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:03 p.m.
  • Expires: Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6 p.m.
  • ...SIGNIFICANT POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING TODAY...
    .RAIN FROM LAST NIGHT COMBINED WITH MELTING SNOW WILL BRING AN
    INCREASED RISK FOR FLOODING TO THE AREA TODAY. LONGER DURATION
    RIVER FLOODING WILL ALSO BE POSSIBLE INTO THIS WEEKEND.
    THE SNOW PACK CURRENTLY ON THE GROUND CONTAINS A LARGE QUANTITY
    OF STORED WATER...GENERALLY 1 TO 4 INCHES ACROSS WESTERN NEW
    YORK. EVEN LARGER AMOUNTS OF WATER CONTENT IS LOCKED IN ACROSS
    PORTIONS OF NORTH CENTRAL NEW YORK WITH UP TO 10 INCHES OF LIQUID
    WATER WITHIN THE SNOW PACK ON THE TUG HILL.
    SIGNIFICANT RUNOFF IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THIS AFTERNOON EVEN AS
    THE AIRMASS SLOWLY COOLS. THERE REMAINS A HEIGHTENED POTENTIAL FOR
    FLOODING IN LOW LYING AREAS...BASEMENTS...SMALL CREEKS AND
    STREAMS. SIGNIFICANT RISES ALONG MAIN STEM RIVERS WILL LIKELY
    FOLLOW INTO THIS WEEKEND.
    MANY AREA STREAMS AND CREEKS ARE ALSO COVERED IN THICK ICE WHICH
    MAY BREAK UP AND INCREASE THE RISK FOR ICE JAMS AND RAPIDLY
    RISING WATER...ESPECIALLY WHERE THERE ARE CONSTRICTIONS IN THE
    CHANNEL... SHARP CURVES...OR OTHER OBSTRUCTIONS. THIS WOULD
    SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE LOCAL FLOODING POTENTIAL NEAR THESE
    WATERWAYS.
    PEOPLE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING..ESPECIALLY IN AREAS
    PRONE TO ICE JAM FLOODING SHOULD TAKE TIME TO PREPARE NOW AND
    LISTEN FOR POSSIBLE WARNINGS.
    ...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THIS EVENING...
    THE FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR
    * A PORTION OF WESTERN NEW YORK...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING
    COUNTIES...ALLEGANY...CATTARAUGUS...CHAUTAUQUA...GENESEE...
    LIVINGSTON...MONROE...NIAGARA...NORTHERN ERIE...ORLEANS...
    SOUTHERN ERIE AND WYOMING.
    * UNTIL 6 PM EST THIS EVENING.
    * RAIN AND SNOW MELT WILL RESULT IN A SIGNIFICANT RISK FOR ICE
    JAM FLOODING.
    * RUNOFF WILL ALSO LEAD TO A HEIGHTENED POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING
    OF STREETS...LOW LYING AREAS...AREAS OF POOR DRAINAGE...
    BASEMENTS AND SMALL STREAMS AND CREEKS. SIGNIFICANT RISES
    ALONG MAJOR STEM RIVERS COULD FOLLOW.