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FLOOD WATCH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
410 PM EDT TUE MAR 17 2015

...ICE JAM FLOODING POSSIBLE IN CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY...

SNOWMELT AND RUNOFF FROM THE RAIN LAST NIGHT HAS PRODUCED A
SLIGHT RISE ON AREA CREEKS AND STREAMS. THIS RISE MAY BREAK UP
ICE OR CAUSE EXISTING ICE JAMS TO RE-POSITION. HIGHER FLOWS WILL
ALSO CAUSE PONDING BEHIND EXISTING ICE JAMS TO RISE. THESE
FACTORS COULD STILL RESULT IN ADDITIONAL ICE JAM FLOODING. AS
TEMPERATURES DROP TONIGHT RUNOFF WILL DECREASE...REDUCING THE RISK
OF ICE JAM FLOODING.

IT IS DIFFICULT TO DETERMINE EXACTLY WHEN AND WHERE AN ICE JAM
WILL FORM. ICE JAMS MOST COMMONLY FORM WHERE THERE ARE
CONSTRICTIONS IN THE RIVER OR CREEK CHANNEL...SUCH AS SHARP
CURVES...BRIDGES...OR OTHER OBSTRUCTIONS. ICE JAMS ALSO TEND TO
OCCUR IN THE SAME LOCATIONS YEAR AFTER YEAR. PEOPLE LIVING IN
AREAS THAT ARE PRONE TO ICE JAM FLOODING SHOULD REMAIN ALERT AND
BE PREPARED IF FLOODING DOES OCCUR.

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CHAUTAUQUA-
INCLUDING THE CITY OF...JAMESTOWN
410 PM EDT TUE MAR 17 2015

...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM EDT THIS EVENING...

THE FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

* A PORTION OF WESTERN NEW YORK...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING 
  COUNTY...CHAUTAUQUA. 

* UNTIL 9 PM EDT THIS EVENING.

* THERE CONTINUES TO BE A RISK FOR ICE JAM FLOODING IN THE WATCH
  AREA. RUNOFF FROM THE OVERNIGHT RAIN AND ABOVE FREEZING
  TEMPERATURES HAS CAUSED CREEKS AND RIVERS TO RISE MODESTLY
  TODAY. INCREASED FLOWS CAN CAUSE ICE TO BREAK UP...WHICH MAY
  RESULT IN ADDITIONAL ICE JAMS AND ICE JAM FLOODING. THOSE
  LOCATED IN AREAS TYPICALLY SUSCEPTIBLE TO ICE JAMS SHOULD BE
  PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION IF FLOODING DOES DEVELOP. FALLING
  TEMPERATURES WILL DIMINISH RUNOFF AND DIMINISH THE THREAT FOR
  ADDITIONAL FLOODING TONIGHT.

* ICE JAMS ON CATTARAUGUS CREEK ARE FORMING NEAR SUNSET BAY WHICH
  MAY PRODUCE FLOODING IN AND NEAR SUNSET BAY. ICE JAMS ARE ALSO
  POSSIBLE ELSEWHERE. 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON
CURRENT FORECASTS. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE
ALERT FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO
FLOODING SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING
DEVELOP. STAY TUNED TO WEATHER RADIO OR OTHER RADIO AND TV
STATIONS FOR FURTHER DETAILS OR UPDATES

&&

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HITCHCOCK





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