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Heavy Rains Flood n Gowanda, Catt. & Chau. Cos.

HAZARDOUS TRAVEL-STATE OF EMERGENCY in Village of Gowanda.    NO UNECESSARY TRAVEL in Western Cattaraugus County

A sudden burst of morning rain caused damage to homes in the Gowanda area, triggering evacuations and closing many Southern Tier roads for much of the morning.

At its peak, Route 62 in Dayton, Rt. 353 in the Village of Cattaraugus were both shutdown, and the Cattaraugus County Sheriff had imposed a no unnecessary travel advisory for western Cattaraugus County.

In Gowanda, roughly 30 homes were damaged by flooding. Much of the damage resulted from Thatcher Brook overflowing its banks.

Emergency officials say no injuries were reported, but damage -concentrated on Chapel St. in the village of Gowanda- will take several days to repair. "We'll be able to help them out with pumping their cellars and getting their yards hopefully cleaned up," said Gowanda Emergency Manager Nick Crassi.

In 2009, flash floods ravaged Gowanda, washing away houses and cars and damaging over a quarter of the roads in Cattaraugus county. While the weather was not nearly as bad as the storm that caused the flooding in 2009, Crassi says another thing helped officials avoid a similar situation.

"I think the biggest thing we were aware of is getting people notified quicker," Crassi said. "We had no way of notifying people in the past, and just recently we signed up for the Code Red system, and that was great." The Code Red System is a type of reverse-911 phone system that alerts residents who sign up of emergency situations. Crassi says that about 1,260 phones in the area have signed up for Code Red.

The National Weather Service has taken down the advisories and warnings posted earlier.

Here's the latest road closings from NITTEC,  the regional transportation alert co-operative

READ: AccuWeather Forecast  | READ: The Extended Forecast


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