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Tompkins, Cortland soaked after drenching rains

Tompkins, Cortland soaked after drenching rains

Updated: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Bodies of water in our area are at high levels following downpours Monday throughout the region.

The hardest hit areas of Tompkins County were the towns of Caroline and Dryden, where some roads were shut down for only a short time due to flooding.

One of the biggest problems came on Route 79 near the Tompkins and Tioga County line. Standing water covered the roadway for a portion of Monday afternoon, causing problems for drivers on the major thoroughfare.

The situation is getting a little better in Cortland County, but not much.

States of emergency were declared in towns, including in Cuyler, where it’s been difficult for drivers to get around as local residents try and clean up after severe flooding. That state of emergency was lifted Tuesday morning.

Water flooded streets in Cortland as well, and caused problems for drivers along Route 281.

Things will get worse either late Tuesday or early Wednesday, when the Tioughnioga River is expected to crest.

“It will likely be flooding at least slightly above the flood stage,” says Jeremy Boylan, Cortland County’s Public Information Officer.

Flash flood watches remain in effect for the entire region through 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Flood warnings are in effect for areas on the Tioughnioga River in Cortland County and the Susquehanna River near Waverly in Tioga County.

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