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Flooding issues

Published March 10. 2011 05:00PM

Flooding may be an issue for some residents as heavy rains move through the TIMES NEWS coverage area today and tonight.

According to the National Weather Service, which issued a flood watch for this morning into Friday, rain began to move into the area early this morning and will continue throughout the day, getting heavier at times. The heaviest rain is expected to fall late this afternoon through tonight.

Meteorologists are predicting that average totals for the storm will be two to three inches of rain, with some higher amounts possible.

The National Weather Service also warns that flooding is very possible in low lying areas where creeks and streams can rise over their banks. This is due to water runoff, as well as snow melting.

The flood watch states, "Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop. If you experienced flooding with the last event, the course of least regret would be to prepare for it again. Because of the recent heavy rain that likelihood exists for this upcoming event to affect even more waterways and cause possibly higher crests."

Motorists are also advised to be careful when traveling near flooded areas. Listen to the local radio or TV stations for updated flood information, stay away from streams and rivers that have overflowed their banks, don't drive on flooded roadways, assemble an emergency preparedness kit, and organize an evacuation plan.

The weekend is looking like there may be a slight chance of rain showers, but nothing significant is expected. Temperatures are expected to be near 50.

Next week looks like it will be partly to mostly sunny Monday through Wednesday, with temperatures in the mid to high 40s.

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