Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Residents threatened by flooding along St. Clair River

Residents threatened by flooding along St. Clair River

- A flood warning is in effect until 8 a.m. Monday for southeast St. Clair County due to risky ice conditions on the St. Clair River.

First off, a Flood Watch has been issued for all of Central NY from tonight through Saturday.

The large amount of snow unceremoniously dumped upon the Long Island region with the passing of a major blizzard last week - with some areas receiving accumulations of at least a foot of snow or more - will likely all but disappear over the course of the upcoming weekend due to unseasonably high temperatures and excessive rainfall.

The entire state remains on a flood watch until 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service said, and between 9 4 p.m. portions of northern CT will be under a winter weather advisory. The river is at bank-full and expected to rise further with ongoing rainfall.

At 8:32 a.m. Friday, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain that will cause flooding.

"In the event people have to leave their homes, we have plans in place to open up a facility, which right now is the East China Township Hall". "During this time, travel will be hard, so people should be cautious", Taylor said.

Closer to the coast, including around Bangor, a wintry mix of rain and freezing rain is expected, possibly changing to snow as precipitation tapers off Saturday afternoon.

In addition, Long Islanders are urged to remain off of all frozen bodies of water - such as lakes, ponds - as increased temperatures and excessive rainfall may cause ice surfaces to weaken and become risky. The possible floods stem from the combination of heavy rain (one to three inches) and melting snow.

"Back in the late 80s we had significant flooding because of the high water levels, you know, throughout the year", he told WWJ's Sandra McNeill.

Rain can increase the possibility of potential problems. The low will only be around 10.

In addition, Winter Storm Hunter is spreading snow, sleet, ice and rain into the East.

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