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Flash flooding strikes the area

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Flash flooding strikes the area
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From Tioga County to the Mohawk Valley, heavy rains have caused flooding issues yet again. There were problems on area roadways throughout Monday night. Our Elyse Mickalonis has been to several areas that have seen flooding rains and has the latest.

NEW YORK STATE -- Many parts of the Southern Tier experienced flash flooding on Monday, which shut down roads and caused some evacuations.

In Cortland, a bridge near the SPCA was flooded over with water and debris, but had been reopened by the evening. Emergency officials had to direct people around the area to protect drivers.

Nearby in Dryden, the elementary school sustained some flooding, along with homes on neighboring streets. Some of those roads were still closed early Monday evening.

Over in Tioga County a debris-filled sewage pipe caused flooding along parts of Route 79. State crews worked hard to clear nearly a foot of water off, but the trouble didn't stop there.

"Down on the backstreet, we had significant flooding. We had to go in and evacuate roughly a dozen homes. Sill not sure how bad it is, but hopefully we can get them back in their homes," said Bob Keenan of the Richford Fire Department.

Crews say many people cooperated during the evacuations and that made it go a lot smoother. They're urging people to stay away from moving water.

Flooding photos from around the region


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