NORWICH – Heavy rain fall caused flash flooding Thursday throughout Chenango County and the surrounding areas. Approximately three and a half inches of rain fell, with the heaviest rain fall occurring between 5 and 7 p.m.
“We got a lot of rain in a short period of time,” said City of Norwich Emergency Management Officer A. Jones. Jones estimated that over four inches of rain fell in a matter of hours last night. “Flash flooding is very scary and unpredictable,” Jones said. “At one point virtually every city street was inundated, curb to curb, with water.” The situation was exacerbated by rush hour traffic. Everyone coming home from work had to maneuver through the heavy water.
“At this point, no injuries or deaths have been reported,” Jones said, pointing out that the potential threat to life and limb was there. Throughout the county, several people had to be rescued from their vehicles. There were reports of a number of individuals who became trapped in their cars amid the running water.