CHENANGO COUNTY – Flash flooding following heavy rains Thursday closed roads throughout the county, prompted voluntary evacuations and necessitated several water rescues in the northern part of the county. As of deadline, water rescues were still ongoing and a number of flood warnings were still in effect, specifically in areas adjacent to and nearby the Chenango River.
A state of emergency, however, was only issued for the Village of Sherburne and – as of 10 a.m. – the Chenango River was at 9.8 feet in that area.
According to the National Weather Advisory Service, the Chenango River in the Norwich area is expected to crest at 9.5 feet by 4 p.m. and was at a reported depth of 8.36 feet as of deadline – just below its minor flood stage. Minor flooding has also been forecast for the Village of Greene later this evening.
The northeastern portion of the county was hit the hardest with an estimated three to five inches of rainfall resulting in flooding at the south end of the Village of Sherburne, and by 7 a.m. today nearly a dozen people had voluntary evacuated their homes. During the height of the rainfall last night, portions of Main Street and Chapel Street were under two to three feet of running water, according to county officials.