Waters rise to near flood level during storm

CHENANGO COUNTY Prolonged rainfall throughout the day and evening on Thursday contributed to some minor flooding and what could have been a major disaster in parts of Chenango County, according to City of Norwich Emergency Management Officer A. Wesley Jones.

Serious problems developed at several sites along the Canasawacta Creek between the city and the Town of Pharsalia, and shortly after 11 p.m. residents on the west side of the city were issued a reverse 911 Alert due to the rising waters.

Jones reported that the Canasawacta, in just three-and-a-half hours, rose an astonishing 12.78 feet. In addition, the creek rose from 1.2 feet Thursday morning to 18.52 feet, less than a foot-and-a-half below the flood stage.

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