A flash flood watch is in effect until 8 p.m. for Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties.
The National Weather Service had previously issued a flood warning for small streams in southwestern Chautauqua County until 1 p.m.
Between 2 and 4 inches of rain has fallen across the central and southern portions of the county. While the heaviest rain has ended, National Weather Service officials warn creeks and rivers can continue to rise several house after rain ends.
Water is pictured at the intersection of Allen Street and Tiffany Avenue in Jamestown this morning.
Photo by Larry Straight
French Creek is expected to rise through the morning and likely crest later this morning or in the early afternoon, which may result in flooding in low-lying areas along the creek. It is also possible other streams and creeks flowing from central portions of the county will flood southwestern portions of the county.
Stream rises will be slow and flash flooding is not expected, according to National Weather Service officials.
Several roads in the Jamestown area are closed due to flooding while those living near the Chadakoin River have been warned to be wary of the fast-rising river.
Two previously closed roads are now open. Tiffany Avenue was reopened around 10:20 a.m. Route 394 in Ellicott between McDaniel Avenue and Dunham Avenue is open once again.
Roads still closed include: Route 380, between Kimball Stand and Falconer, in Ellicott;
Route 394 east and west between Memorial Drive and Mather Road in Mayville. The road is expected to be closed until at least this afternoon;
Route 62 north and south between the Kiantone town line and the Frewsburg town line. The road closed at 6:45 a.m. and is expected to be closed for up to eight hours;
Route 62 north and south between Foote Avenue and Water Street closed at 6:45 a.m. and should be closed up to eight hours.
Jones and Gifford Avenue is closed, as is Buffalo Street at Blackstone Avenue. To report flooding conditions or traffic problems due to the weather, Jamestown residents may call 661-7090.
Jamestown firefighters are also busy pumping out flooded basements throughout the south side of the city.
Falconer Central Schools will dismiss at 11 a.m. today. Temple Elementary School was already closed. Frewsburg Middle and High schools sent students home at 9 a.m. while Robert H. Jackson Elementary School in Frewsburg sent children home at 10:15 a.m.