Flash Flooding Continues in Northeast; Hundreds of Basements Flooded in Pennsylvania County

Pam Wright
Published: July 14, 2017

Flash flooding concerns linger in the Northeast on Friday as storms continue to produce heavy rainfall.

Over night, hundreds of basements were flooded in Indiana County, in western Pennsylvania, according to reports from the National Weather Service. 

In Ben Avon, swift water at the intersection of Old Route 119 and Wayne Avenue prompted a water rescue early Friday morning. 

In Tiffin, Ohio, a flash flood warning was issued when the Sandusky River crested at 10 feet. 

Severe thunderstorms and flooding rainfall will continue to be a threat in parts of the East Friday, continuing a siege that has plagued parts of the Midwest and Northeast much of this week, says weather.com meteorologist Linda Lam. 

Earlier in the week, torrential rainfall caused flash flooding from Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, New York and into Massachusetts.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker declared a state of emergency in Kenosha, Racine and Walworth counties Thursday due to widespread flooding. National Guard troops have been sent to help with recovery in the area, which has numerous roads and highways closed. 

Residents began sandbagging Thursday as water levels continued to rise along the Fox and Des Plaines rivers in McHenry, Lake and northern Cook counties, north of Chicago

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Businesses in Burlington, Wisconsin, were forced to close while they waited for power knocked out by flooding to be restored, the Associated Press reports.

Thursday the Buffalo Police Department reported that a number of swift water rescues took place at underpasses in Buffalo, New York. They urged motorists to use caution with the rising flood waters. In one of the incidents, three people were pulled from a vehicle that was quickly flooding on Broadway and Greene streets. 

In Marilla, New York, crews performed a water rescue from a home on Clinton Street, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Some motorists in Findlay, Ohio, became stranded Thursday morning as floodwaters covered roadways after more than 4 inches fell overnight, according to NWS.

Flooding in Flint, Michigan, closed several stretches of Interstate 475 in Genessee County on Thursday morning, according to AP. 

In the Northeast, flash flooding was reported Thursday in Boston and surrounding areas, including Littleton.

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