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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Major Flooding in Elk, Chautauqua Counties

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With schools and roads already closed throughout the region, and more rain on the way, a flash flood warning remains in effect until 1 o’clock for Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties and until 1:30 for McKean, Elk, Warren and Cameron counties. Flash flood watches go until 5 in Pennsylvania and 8 p.m. in New York.

In Ridgway, students from St. Leo’s Catholic School were evacuated and taken to the Ridgway Fire Department. Parents are being advised to leave their children there because flooding has made traveling unsafe. The Sheetz parking lot is also under water.

Clarion River Bridge in Ridgway is closed because of flooding and the Indian Run Bridge on Bendigo Road is washed out.

Route 219 between Ridgway and Johnsonburg is covered with high water and debris, and other main roads in the county are flooded as well.

Emergency crews are also doing water rescues in Elk County.

In Warren County, multiple roads in the Russell area have been closed to due high water.

In Chautauqua County, several roads are closed, including Route 62 in Ellington and Frewsburg, and parts of Route 394 in Mayville, and near the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood. In Falconer a culvert on Route 380 near the I-86 overpass is washed out.

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