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June already considered fifth rainiest in history

The fifth rainiest June in Buffalo weather history just keeps getting wetter.

A sudden thunderstorm during the lunch hour Thursday drenched the metro area with half an inch of rain in a matter of minutes. Officially, the National Weather Service Office at Buffalo Niagara International Airport measured 0.55 of an inch. Numerous viaducts in the area flooded.

That brought the total for the month so far to 7.33 inches. Record rainfall for June is 9.67 inches, and it's not out of reach. Although today's forecast is all sunshine, the chance of showers and thunderstorms returns over the weekend.

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Ruling awaited on fate of One Niagara in Falls

NIAGARA FALLS -- A state judge had not issued a ruling by Thursday evening on whether to appoint a receiver to ensure that at least a portion of a $1.5 million property tax bill on a nine-story glass building on Rainbow Boulevard gets paid.

Attorneys continued to wait for a decision from State Supreme Court Justice Ralph A. Boniello III in a lawsuit involving a dispute between owners of One Niagara.

B. Kevin Burke Jr., an attorney for co-owner Incredible Investments Limited, has asked Boniello to appoint a receiver for 60 days who would ensure that back taxes on the building get paid before it lands on a city foreclosure list.

Attorneys for co-owner and managing partner Frank Parlato Jr. told Boniello during a court appearance on Wednesday that they do no intend to allow the building to go through foreclosure.

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Agency weighs proposals for Canal Street buildings

LOCKPORT -- The Greater Lockport Development Corp. will continue to review five proposals for buildings on Canal Street, Mayor Michael W. Tucker said Thursday.

The city development agency met Thursday morning and discussed the proposals in a session closed to the public but did not take any action, Tucker said. The Canal Street block, which includes three 19th century stone buildings on the north bank of the Erie Canal, was acquired and renovated at a cost of more than $3 million in state and federal funding.

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South Grand Island Bridges taking vacation from work

Construction work on the South Grand Island Bridges will take a holiday over the Fourth of July weekend.

The State Thruway Authority reports that contractors will suspend operations on both of the south bridges from next Friday morning until the evening of July 6.

Before the holiday weekend arrives, the northbound bridge will be closed from 9 p.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. Thursday so contractors can continue replacing decking on the bridge. The southbound bridge will be reduced to one lane from 10 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. next Friday for work on guardrails near the bridge.