Flooded roadways complicate commutes around Ithaca this morning

May 16, 2014

Several areas in and around Ithaca faced flooding this morning, interfering with drivers and their plans to commute or just get around town. The entire Central New York area is under a flash flood watch until 2am tonight.

Flooding next to East Hill Plaza. Photo courtesy of Serenity Hatfield.Flooding next to East Hill Plaza. Photo courtesy of Serenity Hatfield.The Ithaca Police Department reported during the morning commute that portions of the City's southwest were flooding, including Elmira Road and South Meadow Street (Route 13), and Old Elmira Road. 

Near East Hill Plaza in the Town of Ithaca, portions of Pine Tree Road and Ellis Hollow Road were closed this morning due to deep flood waters. The area floods frequently due to poor drainage around east hill.

In Forest Home, a small neighborhood in the Town of Ithaca along Fall Creek just east of the Cornell campus, portions of Forest Home Drive and Pleasant Grove Road were flooding near the one-lane bridge that serves as a de facto connector between the east hill area and Ithaca's northeast. The other one-lane bridge across the area is in the middle of a months-long closure.

Flooding near the one-lane bridge in Forest Home. Photo courtesy of Serenity Hatfield.Flooding near the one-lane bridge in Forest Home. Photo courtesy of Serenity Hatfield.Cornell University police chief Kathy Zoner reminded students, staff, and faculty in her weekly e-mail today to be cautious on the area's gorge trails and around creeks. "Slippery rocks and swift and unpredictable currents in our gorges pose a very serious safety risk," Zoner says. "As always, do not enter the water, stay out of fenced-off areas and stay on marked trails."

Rain, heavy at times, is expected to resume this afternoon and continue through early evening.

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