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Heavy rains on Friday brought numerous reports of flooded roads and properties in the southern part of Chautauqua County.

And with rain forecast for Saturday, local authorities are warning the public that some roads and bridges may be temporarily closed due to flooding.

Chautauqua County Manager PJ Wendel and County Public Facilities Department Director Brad Bentley in a press release urged motorists to exercise caution over the next 24 to 48 hours due to the potential for roads and bridges blocked by water.

“Departmental roads have seen an increase in flooded roads with the persistent and continuous rains of July, causing an unusual amount of damage to our infrastructure” Bentley said. “Expect temporary road and bridge closures as we address issues as they arise. “

Addition of Wendel: “The county is experiencing flooding in areas that are not typical for this time of year. Motorists are reminded not to drive on flooded roads and streets and should be on the lookout for unexpected temporary road closures. “

Reports of flooding began around 2:30 p.m. Friday on Highway 60 in the town of Gerry. The towns of Ellery, Busti and Ellington were also flooded.

The Buffalo National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch that will remain in place until late Saturday night.

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