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WJTN News Update for Sat. July 17, 2021

Flooded roads viaducts reported in southern Chautauqua County after up to 4 inches of rain falls Friday into Saturday...
The National Weather Service has just discontinued a Flash Flood Warning for the Jamestown-area this morning.  However, there is still a Flood Warning in effect until Noon today (Saturday).  Forecasters in Buffalo say torrential downpours in southern Chautauqua County left some roads, and low-lying areas flooded Friday afternoon.  Thomas says most parts of the area had received 2 to 3 inches of rain by early evening, and, there are still some issues right now.  Route 394 at the old Conrail viaduct in Lakewood was closed due to high water and mud in the road.  The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office is reporting high water in the area of Waterboro Hill Road and Rt. 62 in Ellington, Route 380 in Ross Mills, and East Everett and Water Street in Falconer.  The area remains under a Flash Flood Watch now through 2 a.m. Sunday.  Yesterday... the Post-Journal was reporting that portions of Route 60 in the town of Gerry experienced some flooding conditions... and, flooded roads were also reported in Busti, Ellington, and the Ellery area.


High water causing headaches in Ellery mobile home park...
No one had to be evacuated... but, high water within a mobile home park off Shore Acres Road in the town of Ellery late Friday afternoon caused some anxious moments late Friday.  Sheriff's officers say Bemus Point firefighters were called to the scene initially... but, the county's Water Emergency Team was soon after called in as the water continued to rise.  However... just prior to the WET Team's arrival... the water began to receded which allowed access to anyone still in the mobile home park to leave.  WET members checked on residents, and told them that additional rain was forecast, and the flooding could return in the overnight hours.  No injuries were reported during this incident. 


County officials warn motorists to be cautious this weekend due to potential flooding...
Chautauqua County officials late Friday warned motorists to exercise caution while driving in Chautauqua County over the next 24 to 48 hours due to the potential for flooded roadways and bridges.  County Executive P.J. Wendel says the forecast for Saturday is continued all day rain which may make road conditions worse over this time period.  Public Facilities Director Brad Bentley adds that "county roads have seen an increase in flooded roads with the persistent and continued rains in July, which is causing an unusual amount of damage to our infrastructure.  Expect temporary road and bridge closures as we address issues as they arise.”  Wendel adds that "the county is experiencing flooding in areas that are not typical for this time of year.  Motorists are reminded to not drive through flooded roads and streets."