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News of Otsego County

Flood Watch

Rain Starts; Otsego Under Flood Watch

BE WARY THOUGH FRIDAY

Rain Starts;

Otsego Under

Flood Watch

In Cooperstown, rain started falling about 5 p.m. Here, a Santa on Elm Street is reflected on the wet pavement. (Jim Kevlin /AllOTSEGO.com)

With a major storm moving up the East Coast, Otsego County and much of Central New York will be under a flood watch from 1 a.m. Friday morning until late tomorrow night.

The National Weather Service is predicting widespread rainfall of 1 to 2 inches, with some localities experiencing up to 3 inches.

The wet soil conditions and this amount of rainfall could result in minor flooding along the Susquehanna and Delaware River basins, along with roadways and poor drainage areas, according to the Weather Service.

The weather watchers encourage people to monitor forecasts as they develop, “and be alert for possible flood warnings.  Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.”

The Rivers Are High, But Otsego Roads Are Clear

Rivers Are High, But

Otsego Roads Are Open

The water gauge on the Main Street bridge in Oneonta shows the water up nearly 11 feet this afternoon.  (Ian Austin /AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – Rain, sleet and warmer temperatures may have made the rivers rise, but according to Robert O’Brien, Director of 911 Communications for the county, all roads in Otsego are clear and no flood warnings are in effect.

“We have seen an increase in requests for Fire Departments to respond to flooded basement calls,” he said. “But they’re very minor at this point. It is evident that through the hard work of our Town, Village, State and County Highway crews, issues with flooded roadways have been very minimal. At this point in time, we are not aware of any present or ongoing issues. ”

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