A river flood WARNING is in effect for the Black River at Watertown for moderate flooding. Even though the river is still flooding over its banks, the level of the river is falling. This flood warning is in effect through Saturday afternoon.
Never drive your car through flooded roadways. The water may be deeper than it appears. Plus, the road underneath may be washed out. Remember to, "Turn around, don't drown!"
Elsewhere, water levels on many lakes, rivers, and creeks are still running high. For example, flooding has been noted on Beach Road in Cicero. Please watch with care for localized flooding in "normal" spring flood zones near waterways.
What Does a River Flood Warning Mean
A river flood warning means that river levels will exceed flood stage on certain points along the river named at specific points named along the river. River floods can take longer to develop so they may not pose as much threat to life, but can take a much larger toll on property.
Here are specific details from the National Weather Service:
THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR
THE BLACK RIVER AT WATERTOWN
* UNTIL SATURDAY AFTERNOON.
* AT 4 AM FRIDAY THE STAGE WAS 12.4 FEET AND FALLING.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 10.0 FEET.
* MODERATE FLOODING IS OCCURRING AND MODERATE FLOODING IS FORECAST.
* FORECAST...THE RIVER WILL CONTINUE TO FALL...AND IS EXPECTED TO
DROP BELOW FLOOD STAGE SATURDAY MORNING.
* IMPACT...AT 12.0 FEET...MODERATE FLOOD...MORE EXTENSIVE FLOODING AND
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGES TO AGRICULTURAL, COMMERCIAL, AND INDUSTRIAL
AREAS. MANY ROAD CLOSURES IN LEWIS COUNTY. SIGNIFICANT FLOODING IN
CARTHAGE AREA. SOME FLOODING RIVER AND HUNTINGTON STREETS IN
WATERTOWN ALONG WITH WATERMATOX FACTORY.
What You Should Do When a River Flood Warning is Issued
-- Move to higher ground immediately and get out of the danger area.
-- Do not attempt to cross swiftly flowing waters.
-- Do not attempt to cross waters of unknown depth by foot, car, truck, or sports utility vehicle.
-- It only takes a few inches of swiftly flowing water to carry vehicles away.
-- If your car stalls in a flooded or low-lying area, abandon it immediately.
-- Turn around, donâ??t drown. Find an alternative route.
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