No unnecessary travel in Newfield and Danby, says Tompkins County, as flooding affects area

June 14, 2015 by Mark H. Anbinder

Heavy rains on top of considerable rain last week have created flooding conditions in several areas across Central New York. Tompkins County has declared a state of emergency and calls for no unnecessary travel in the Town of Newfield and the Town of Danby on Sunday night.

14850 Photo.14850 Photo.The Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response says Route 13 and Route 13A in Ithaca's southwest are flooded and are closed. Route 96B in Danby, Route 96/34 in Spencer, and Main Street in Newfield have considerable flood damage, among other area roads. Reports are that Watkins Glen and Tyrone are also seeing considerable flooding.

Watkins Glen Central School District will be closed on Monday, June 15th, due to the flooding in the area.

The National Weather Service in Binghamton says more rain moving east from Western New York this evening is likely to cause additional flooding overnight, with additional rounds of rain expected around 10pm and midnight. NWS says 4.1 inches of rain were measured in Newfield as of this evening, and the Shelter Valley Trailer Park was evacuated.

NYSEG reports only a couple dozen customers without power in Tompkins County, though nearby Wayne County has several hundred homes without power.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for Tompkins and surrounding counties this afternoon, lasting until 6am Monday, saying creeks and poor drainage areas are likely to flood. A flash flood warning is in effect for Tompkins County until 1:45am. Never try to drive into or across a flooded roadway. Turn around. Don't drown!

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