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Flood warning posted for Batavia creek; others are receding

A day after record-breaking rain fell in the region, a couple area waterways are running high, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Tonawanda Creek at Batavia seems to be the most problematic Friday.

The National Weather Service posted a flood warning for the creek this morning that runs through 9 p.m.

The weather service stated that the flood stage of the creek at Batavia was "8.5 feet and rising" as of 9 a.m.

The flood stage is 9 feet.

Forecasters said minor flooding is expected in the area.

"The river is expected to rise above flood stage late this morning and crest near 9.4 feet this afternoon," the flood warning states.

Tonawanda Creek hydrograph. (National Weather Service)

Flooding is expected in Batavia near Kibbe Park, Walnut Street and Law Street as well in rural areas like the town of Alexander and lowlands of the Alabama Swamps, forecasters said.

Road closures are expected.

Meanwhile, water levels in Cayuga Creek in Lancaster were at 5.56 feet as of 7:30 a.m. Friday, according to the USGS. Flood stage for that spot is 8 feet, according to the agency.

In Ellicott Creek in Williamsville, water levels were at 4.04 feet as of 7:15 a.m. Friday, up from 3.66 feet two hours earlier, according to the USGS. Flood stage there is also 8 feet.

Two spots in Cazenovia Creek are also running at an elevated level, according to the agency. At Ebenezer, the water level was 4.59 feet as of 7 a.m. Flood stage there is 10 feet. In Gardenville, the creek was running at 2.65 feet at 5:15 a.m., well below flood stage of 7 feet, according to the USGS.

Some heavy rainfall is forecast this afternoon along the Erie-Niagara county line, according to the National Weather Service.

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