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July 1, 2013

Two women missing following floods

More rain forecast for the week

Two women were reported missing in connection with last week's heavy storms, authorities said Sunday, and more heavy rainfall and possible flooding are projected through Tuesday. 

Otsego County Route 31 in Springfield between Cooperstown and Glimmerglass State Park remained closed indefinitely because a section was washed out, said dispatchers. No other closures of major road were reported as of 6:30 p.m. Sunday by area dispatchers in Delaware and Chenango counties. 

But on Sunday, the National Weather Service in Binghamton issued a flash flood watch effective this morning through Tuesday morning for Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and other counties in central New York and northeastern Pennsylvania. 

A Norwich woman whose route to work Friday included flooded roads has been missing, authorities said Sunday.

According to Norwich city police, Krista M. Kosowski, 51, of Norwich, had been missing since 11:15 a.m. Friday and didn't arrive at her job Clinton, Oneida County, by 3 p.m. that day. Her 40-mile route during her travel period was likely under extremely heavy rain and flooding conditions, with several roads impassable, police said.

Kosowski is white, 5 foot, 7-inches tall, weighs 240 pounds and has brown hair and eyes, police said. Her vehicle was described as a gold-colored 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix four-door sedan with license plate No. FCX 3112. She is a diabetic and had no known medications with her, police said.

In Montgomery County, authorities were looking for the body of an 87-year-old woman missing Saturday after flash flooding, the Associated Press reported. Police Chief Robert Thomas of Fort Plain in Montgomery County said Ethel Healey was unaccounted for after her mobile home was washed away by rising waters Friday.

The search continued Sunday night, officials said.

Showers and thunderstorms with downpours are expected today, with heavy rains continuing Tuesday, the NWS said. Rainfall of 1 to 2 inches is projected, with isolated instances of 2 to 4 inches likely. 

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