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July 1, 2013

Two women missing following floods

More rain forecast for the week

By Denise Richardson Staff Writer
The Daily Star

---- — 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. 

Heavy rain will cause localized flash floods of streams and urban and low-lying areas, NWS said in an alert, and rivers already running high could flood tonight and Tuesday.

The NWS in Albany issued an urban and small stream flood at about 6:20 p.m. until 9:15 p.m. Sunday for northwestern Schoharie County. A flood advisory means river or stream flows are elevated or ponding of water is occurring or imminent. A flash flood watch will be in effect from this morning through Tuesday morning. 

On Saturday, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie and Broome counties were among 15 counties declared to be in states of emergency by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Evacuations were conducted in Herkimer village and town, the villages of Mohawk and Ilion and the city of Little Falls. 

During a briefing Saturday, Cuomo reported that the state Office of Fire Prevention and Control Disaster Assistance Response Team was conducting damage assessments of about 800 structures in Herkimer and Madison counties. Storm Emergency Field Units were helping local fire departments with storm-related matters such as water and tree removal.

Cuomo said the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be in the area in a few days, assisting residents applying for federal assistance, the AP reported.

Locally, the Otsego County Sheriff's Office sent some deputies to Herkimer County to assist on Friday, a dispatcher said. According to the Schoharie County Emergency Services Facebook, six storm emergency fire units were sent Friday to help with flood recovery in Herkimer County.

Rain and thunderstorms are forecast in upstate New York through the Fourth of July. A boat parade scheduled for July 5 on Canadarago Lake has been rescheduled to Aug. 10 because of flood conditions.