Flash Flooding: Newark Valley

By Dave Greber

September 7, 2011 Updated Sep 7, 2011 at 6:47 PM EDT

Newark Valley, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The rains were relentless in Tioga County all morning and afternoon Wednesday, leaving travelers to criss-cross the more elevated back roads to get to where they were going.

Newark Valley is one of the hardest hit areas of Tioga County, as roads closed there starting early.

The parking lot of the Tioga County Health and Human Services Building near Owego was flooded, forcing those who were able to report to work to today to move their vehicles.

Rising creeks ruined an entire lot of donations at the Open Door Mission further north. Route 38 was closed at the 38-B intersection.

That sent most motorists taking the long way to reach their destinations. Despite dire warnings from local officials, and rushing waters that inundated roadways and front yards alike.

Still, some took the chance and drove anyway.

"We're trying to help with DOT with getting drains open and cleaning the drains off, but when that becomes an impossible task, we just start shutting down the roads and checking on people within the flood area and making sure they're safe," says Clifford Alexander, 3rd Assistant Fire Chief for Newark Valley. "It's very dangerous, especially when you get overflowing because you get a rip current on top of the road, even an inch of water on top of the road, you don't know what's underneath it...and then you're floating down stream."

By 1 p.m. today, most roads into Newark Valley's 4-corners area were closed or impassable.

Officials could not provide a time frame as to when any of the roads going in or out of the town would re-open.

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