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Flash flood warning issued for Columbia, Greene, Berkshire Counties


The National Weather Service in Albany has issued a flash flood warning for Greene County, Columbia County and Berkshire County.

A flash flood watch is in effect for the entire area.

Doppler radar has indicated heavy rain showers and embedded thunderstorms that will continue through the morning, resulting in about one to three inches of rain. Four inches of rain may be expected in isolated areas, which would be enough to produce flash flooding.

Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, highways and underpasses. Additionally, country roads and farmlands along banks of creeks, streams and other lowlying areas are subject to flooding.

Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. The National Weather Service warns to never drive a vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. NWS says flood waters are usually deeper than they appear. Just one foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the road.

The Red Cross has opened numerous shelters in communities hit by floods Friday, including Herkimer and Fort Plain.

Authorities say at least one woman is missing after flooding swept away her mobile home in Fort Plain early Saturday.
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