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It's a soaker! Flooding concerns across much of WNY region

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Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - If you have outdoor plans Saturday, you'll need a tent or umbrella as waves of steady, and sometimes heavy, rainfall continue across the region.

Overnight rainfall across the Buffalo metro area and northern portion of Western New York has been significant enough to cause concerns about flooding across the region.

In addition to a flood watch for the entire region through late Saturday, a flood warning is posted for much of the area through Saturday afternoon as more steady and heavy rain is forecast to continue.

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The rain is expected to lighten and become more spotty late in the day before subsiding for a much better Sunday across Buffalo-Niagara.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a * Flood Warning for Urban area and small stream in... Northeastern Erie County in western New York... Genesee County in western New York... Northwestern Livingston County in western New York... Northwestern Monroe County in western New York... Niagara County in western New York... Orleans County in western New York... Northwestern Wyoming County in western New York...

* Until 300 PM EDT Saturday.

* At 612 AM EDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain across the area. Flooding is expected to begin shortly in the warned area. Between 0.5 and 1.5 inches of rain have fallen overnight, with additional rainfall expected today.

* Flooding is expected, especially in urban areas and in areas with typically poor drainage.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include... Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Niagara Falls, West Seneca, North Tonawanda, Clarence, Lockport, Lackawanna, Batavia, Kenmore, Depew, Amherst, Tonawanda, Lancaster, Medina, Albion, Williamsville, Darien Lakes State Park, Hamlin Beach State Park and Grand Island.

Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are possible in the warned area through this afternoon.


The Flash Flood Watch continues for * Portions of central and western New York, including the following counties, in central New York, Northern Cayuga and Oswego. In western New York, Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Northern Erie, Ontario, Orleans, Southern Erie, Wayne and Wyoming.

* Through late tonight.

* Steady rainfall will be heavy at times from the Niagara Frontier to the Rochester area today. Storm total rainfall amounts between 2 and 2.5 inches will be common across this area, and this may result in flash flooding. In addition, water levels will rise on many Buffalo area creeks potentially resulting in flooding. Elsewhere, there's a risk of thunderstorms to produce locally heavy rainfall and flash flooding.

* Areas most vulnerable to flooding include urban areas, areas with higher or steep terrain, and areas which received lots of rainfall yesterday.


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