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Westchester County is still reeling from the heavy rains from the past 24 hours. The massive amount of rainfall, estimated to be as much as 3" in some areas, was simply too much for many roads and bodies of water already at high levels due to rains earlier this week.
Elmsford was particularly hard hit, with some sections seeing several feet of water in the streets. Some residents took to their recreational boats to get around.
The National Weather Service has posted a flood warning for Westchester County until 1:15 a.m. including the cities of Yonkers, White Plains, Tarrytown, Rye, Port Chester, Peekskill, Ossining, North Tarrytown, New Rochelle and Dobbs Ferry.
A flood warning means that flooding is imminent or has been reported.
Rainfall of 1 1/2 to 2 inches has already occurred and additional rainfall of 1 to 1 1/2 inches is possible until around 1 a.m.
A flood watch and a high wind warning has been posted in Westchester County.
The flood watch is in effect through Saturday morning and the high wind warning's up from 11 a.m. this morning until 11 p.m. tonight.
Total rainfall of between 2-2.5" is possible from this morning into early evening, with some passing thunderstorms expected.
Forecasters say the heavy rainfall coupled with snow melting could result in significant flooding in urban areas, roadways and underpasses as well as small streams.
The remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole have been pummeling Westchester County for the past 24 hours. Thousands are without power as trees and power lines and flooding have knocked out electrical service, left roadways impassable and caused dozens of school delays.
As of 9 a.m. Con Edison is reporting more than 2,500 customers are without power. A huge chunk of outages are located in New Rochelle, Rye, Scarsdale and Yonkers. Estimated times of restoration, according to Con Ed range from noon to 3 p.m.
The National Weather Service is calling for Rain, heavy at times throughout the day and into tomorrow morning. There is a flood watch posted as well as a high wind warning.
Rainfall totals of between two and a half to four and a half inches are expected through Friday evening. The heaviest rain is expected late Thursday into Friday.
It's been three years since massive flooding devastated Westchester County's Sound Shore area, and today County Executive Rob Astorino and Congresswoman Nita Lowey announced plans to commence a flood control study, by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,designed to find solutions to the chronic flooding problems in Mamaroneck,Rye,Scarsdale and Tarrytown and to prevent future problems along the Mamaroneck and Sheldrake Rivers.
After years of flooding problems along the Sound Shore area, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino will sign an agreement Monday aimed at reducing flooding in the region. The County Executive will join Federal,State and Local officials including Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland) to sign the deal that will re-evaluate what steps can be taken to reduce the risk of flooding in areas that drain to the Mamaroneck and Sheldrake Rivers, expecially in Mamaroneck Village.
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