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July 2, 2013

Officials: Flood risk remains high

Mother Nature dealt Chenango County heavy rains and flooding Monday night, while flash-flood watches remained in effect for Chenango, Otsego, Delaware and Schoharie counties into tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

Multiple flood emergencies were ongoing, particularly in the towns of Otselic and Sherburne, the City of Norwich/Chenango County Emergency Operations Center reported on Facebook at about 7 p.m., and more than 3 inches of rain had fallen in Sherburne on Monday.

At about 9:45 p.m. Monday, the NWS warned residents along the Chenango River in Sherburne who experienced flooding from the river in 2006 or 2011 to take immediate preparations to protect life and property.

Chenango County was under a flood warning at 7 p.m., the NWS said, and the Chenango River in Sherburne was projected to be at 10.4 feet at about 2 a.m. today.

The level would be higher than the river crest on Friday of 10.14 feet and just below the major flood stage of 10.6 feet, officials said.

As of 10 p.m., no calls had been made for rescue situations, Chenango dispatchers said.

Emergency services officials in Delaware and Otsego County said Monday afternoon that damages from last week’s storms were mostly minor and temporary, however, they remained vigilant about weather forecasts and conditions.

A flash-flood watch means a potential exists for flash flooding, a dangerous situation, the NWS said, and a warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring.

Showers and thunderstorms with heavy rain are expected today and tonight, the NWS in Binghamton said. The forecast calls for 1 to 2 inches of rain with isolated downpours of 2 to 4 inches.

In Schoharie County, which is part of the eastern New York and western New England region, the NWS in Albany estimated rainfall of 1 to 3 inches of rainfall Monday into today, and isolated amounts of up to 5 inches.

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