Heavy rains cause problems across CNY

Flooding in Syracuse Thursday night

The heavy rain has subsided, but flooding woes persist for some parts of Central New York.

The Village of Pulaski is reporting that part of a retaining wall on the banks of the Salmon River has collapsed and village officials are concerned the rest of the wall could collapse in the river. Village officials say they've been trying to get money for years to repair the wall. There is also concern that it could damage a sewage pumping station.

Oswego County 911 tells CNY Central that they are warning fishermen to stay out of the Salmon River. The storm has caused river levels to rise, and expected releases of large amounts of water from a dam will make the river treacherous. Additionally, the county says about a dozen roads are closed because of flooded sections. 911 reports that one of those roads, Austin Road off of State Route 13 in Altmar, is gone. A large sinkhole has been reported.

Brookfield Power reports that they were releasing water at a maximum of 17,000 cubic feet per second from the Lighthouse Hill Dam in Altmar. They are now reducing that flow, and the National Weather Service wire reports the flow is down to 8,000 cubic feet per second.

Cortland County has lifted its no unnecessary travel ban. Drivers are still urged to use caution when driving, and to be on the look out for debris on the roadways. There are several roads that are closed, including:

- Cheningo Road near the ballfield in Truxton- Prospect Street near Route 13 in Truxton- Kellogg Road between the city line and the railroad tracks in Cortlandville- Route 11 just south of Polkville, between Harter Road and Ridge Road, as well as south of the City of Cortland

Once crews are able to get out and assess the damages, there may be more additions.

Ross Stoltz alerted us to this YouTube video of water that is running over the Harden Dam on the Fish Creek in McConnellsville, Oneida County.

In Onondaga County, Manlius Police tell us that Route 173 between Palmer Road and North Eagle Village Road is now open, but State Route 290 (Manlius Center Road) between Clemons Road and Minoa Road remains closed due to flooding. There are reports of water problems and flooded basements throughout Onondaga County, including Skaneateles, Onondaga, and Fabius.

Lewis County is also reporting several road closings. The Sheriff's Office is advising everyone to use caution when driving, although it has not issued a "no unnecessary travel" warning. Highway department crews are working to mark the areas where water is across the roadway.

Wolf Oak Acres Corn Maze & Harvest Festival in Oneida tells CNY Central it will be closed Friday due to weather conditions. They say rain and flooding have closed their fields and parking lots. Plans to resume festival activities are underway for Saturday, October 2

The City of Ithaca says Fall Creek is expected to reach flood stage by 9:00 am Saturday. Cayuga Lake levels are expected to rise 1-3 feet, which could create floods in low-lying areas.

The CNY Central Weather team is tracking all the storms. Stay with NBC3 and CBS5 News along with for all the latest updates.

More on this story from the Associated Press:

Numerous roads from the Albany area to the western Finger Lakes region were closed Friday by flooding as torrential rains from a tropical storm dumped as much as seven inches of rain in some areas.

Emergency services officials reported roads closed in Ontario, Broome, Cortland, Lewis, Onondaga, Oneida, Sullivan and Albany counties. In Broome County, officials said two apartment buildings in Binghamton and several homes in the town of Lisle had to be evacuated Thursday because of flooding.

Route 11 just south of the city of Cortland was closed after a bridge was nearly washed away by a flooded creek. In the neighboring village of McGraw, several people had to be rescued from homes heavily damaged by flood waters, according to Cortland County Undersheriff Herb Barnhart.

In suburban Albany, commuters already dealing with a driving rain had to take detours around a number of flooded roads. Hundreds of drivers were turned away on Route 20, the main east-west route into the city, because of a massive pool that already held three partially submerged cars.

"I have to go to an orthodontist appointment at eight," said Tracy DiLauro, stuck in traffic with her 10-year-old son in the back seat. "I don't know how I'm going to do it. I have no idea."

Jeremy Morehouse of Coxsackie said he awoke to no power Friday morning, then endured a longer than normal commute from his Hudson Valley home.

"It's really killing our business because people can't get through," Morehouse said at the Albany coffee shop where he works.

There were no reports of large-scale power outages.

According to the National Weather Service, the storm that began Thursday and continued into Friday dumped 2 to 7 inches from the Hudson Valley to central New York. The town of Hancock, on the Pennsylvania border just west of the Catskill Mountains, received 7 inches of rain, as did Edmeston in Otsego County, the weather service said.

The weather service has issued flood watches into Friday afternoon from the Hudson Valley north to the Adirondacks and west to Elmira.

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