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Weekend rain floods roadways, basements

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Posted: Monday, August 4, 2014 1:00 pm

Steady and sometimes heavy rain that fell in the area over the weekend flooded some roads in Seneca and Yates counties.

Seneca County Sheriff Jack Stenberg announced a travel advisory Sunday after the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning that was effective until 9 p.m. By that time, Stenberg said deputies had responded to several complaints of flooded roadways.

Charlie McCann, the county’s director of emergency management, said the towns of Waterloo, Fayette and Seneca Falls encountered flooding issues, as did the village of Waterloo. Many roads in the area were flooded.

Fire departments in the county also pumped out more than two dozen basements, McCann added, noting one family in the village of Waterloo and one in Fayette were evacuated due to severely flooded cellars.

The Red Cross assisted those families.

Although the rain stopped last night and today was expected to be rain free, Stenberg urged drivers to use caution.

In Yates County, Sheriff Ron Spike said the Branchport/Italy Hill area was hit hard over the weekend. Guyanoga and Corwin roads in Jerusalem were closed for a time, and several driveway pipes on Belknap Hill Road were wiped out.

While today’s forecast called for mostly sunny skies, more rain is expected Tuesday afternoon and night, and more is possible Wednesday. Dry weather is expected later this week.

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