Update: Flash Flood Warning Expired

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

The Flash Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service in Binghamton for Yates County has expired.

Heavy rainfall in Jerusalem and Italy Hill area resulted in several road wash-outs. Guyanoga Road south of Belknap Hill Road and Corwin Roads are still closed. Italy Hill Road is open.

At 4:26 p.m., National Weather Service Doppler Radar indicated an area of excessive rainfall over the warned area. Slow moving showers and thunderstorms will continue through at least 5:30 p.m. with existing flooding problems likely to worsen. There have already been reports of flooding in Jerusalem, and related problems in Penn Yan.

Corwin Road was blocked on both ends due to flooding, and there were reports of damage on Belknap Hill Road.

There have also been reports of flood damage in the Dresden area from Saturday night's storm.

Locations in the warning included Benton, Bluff Point, Branchport, Dresden, Dundee, Ferguson Corners, Guyanoga, Himrod, Keuka Park, Mays Mills, Middlesex, Milo Center, Penn Yan, Porters Corners, Potter, Rushville, Starkey, Vine Valley and Yatesville.

Rapid flooding of streams, creeks, urban and poor drainage areas is likely in and near these locations.

When you can do so safely, please report flooding to the National Weather Service by calling toll free at 1-888-603-1402.Or by email at bgm.Stormreport@noaa.Gov.

Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely. Move to higher ground.

In hilly terrain there are hundreds of low water crossings which are potentially dangerous in heavy rain. Do not attempt to travel across flooded roads. Find alternate routes. It takes only a few inches of swiftly flowing water to carry vehicles away.