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News Update for Wed., May 21, 2014

South County innundated with heavy rain -- 3 to 4 inches at least -- that triggers flash flooding.  Water receding this afternoon...

A stalled warm front that triggered re-occuring thunderstorms hit the Jamestown-area early and mid-morning today.  That led to some flooding... and, a lot of high water across the region.  At least 3 to 4 inches of rain fell through mid-morning today.  The National Weather Service has discontinued a Flood Warning for the Chadakoin River at Falconer... but, the river is not expected to crest until mid-afternoon... so flooding remains a potential issue.  A Flash Flood Watch through 8 this evening. 

The biggest problems so far have been in Falconer... where Mayor David Krieg says they've been busy since 5 this morning.  Krieg says there were three precautionary evacuations earlier today.  But... he says everyone's back in their homes.  Earlier... Chautauqua County Emergency Dispatchers were asking people still to avoid the intersection of Tiffany Avenue and Allen Streets in Jamestown -- near the Falconer Village line.  There was 3 to 4 feet of rain there.  In addition... Krieg says the fire department has pumped out a number of basements.

In Jamestown... Battalion Fire Chief Matt Russo says they've pumped out 24 basements as of Noon... and, they still have 66 on their list.

County Emergency Services says Route 60 and 62 remains closed in Kiantone due to flooding... and, there's high water on Route 380 between Falconer and Kimball Stand.  That remains closed.  Riverside and donalson Road remains closed in Kiantone... and, Jones and Gifford Avenue from Celoron into Jamestown is closed.  Also closed is Kabob Road in the central county.


More later, including school budget and board votes from Tuesday.