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Rain prompts flood watch for Wyoming County

Roads had been cleared and reopened in the village of Warsaw on Sunday, but the state of emergency declared after Saturday night’s flooding will remain in effect for the next few days as a precautionary measure, Warsaw Fire Chief Doug Ingles said.

Heavy thunderstorms struck Warsaw Saturday evening and quickly overwhelmed sewers, leaving the streets inundated with rainwater. Ingles said the village is still assessing damages caused by the flooding.

Ingles said one Warsaw resident was relocated due to the flooding, while the New York State Police offered transportation for seven Wyoming County residents who were displaced by the flood waters, according to a written statement from the American Red Cross.

Red Cross volunteers also provided housing for one Wyoming County resident, according to the release.

Due to more predicted rainfall through the night, the National Weather Service issued a flood watch for Wyoming, Livingston, Ontario and Wayne counties from 8 p.m. Sunday until Monday morning.

Jon Hitchcock, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the area was at risk for “minor flooding” because the ground had been saturated by Saturday’s floods.

Ingles said the fire department had extra water pumps on standby for the evening, and that he was waiting to see what happens.

Although the calendar might say May, it felt like April for Warsaw, Buffalo and the rest of Western New York on Sunday. Temperatures were expected to stay in the mid to low 40s all day and night, and the area was set to receive a steady 1 to 2 inches of rainfall through Sunday into Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service.

That rain could linger, too. There’s a 60 percent chance of rain for Monday, with overcast skies and a predicted high of only 52. Tuesday will see a chance of showers and a high of about 61.

The skies aren’t expected to brighten over Western New York until midweek. The National Weather Service doesn’t predict the sun to fully emerge and the cold front to blow away until Wednesday, when the daytime high will reach 67.