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Rounds of heavy rain inundate roadways, triggering flood warnings

The National Weather Service late Thursday issued a flood warning for portions of Erie, Genesee and Wyoming counties, following several rounds of heavy rain throughout the region.

Between 1 1/2 to 2 inches of rain fell during the storm, according to Kirk Apffel, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

"The worst of it is across the southern half of Erie County," Apffel said. "It came in several rounds so it took a while (to accumulate). The several rounds added up, and by the time you add it all up, there is the potential for flooding in areas that are vulnerable, such as around creeks."

The Thruway Authority reported that the right, eastbound lane of the Thruway between Exit 56 (Milestrip Road) and Exit 57 (Hamburg) was flooded.

Other roadways also were flooded, especially in the eastern suburbs of Elma, Alden, Marilla and Clarence. Meanwhile, lane restrictions abounded throughout the metro area, including William Street under the Thruway. Flooding also closed off Broadway in the Village of Alden, Transit Road in Depew, between Broadway and Walden Avenue, George Urban Boulevard in Depew, between French and Hyland, and Sheridan Drive in Amherst, between Bailey Avenue and Harlem Road.

Also, a flood warning was issued for Cayuga Creek in Lancaster through 8:30 a.m. Friday.

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