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BROOME UPDATE: Red Cross Helping Families; Evacuations To Continue

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Flash flooding at Glenwood Road in Vestal Flash flooding at Glenwood Road in Vestal

Officials in Vestal are preparing for more evacuations. The Southern Tier Chapter of the Red Cross is assisting about 35 people from Binghamton and Vestal whose homes were evacuated early Monday morning.

Red Cross Disaster Program Manager Melanie Pandich said while most people had places to stay, the agency found lodging for five residents displaced due to the storm.

In Vestal, emergency crews early Monday morning evacuated 12 homes and 10 mobile homes, affecting 50 people.

Vestal Fire Chief  David Harrington said firefighters performed several rescues at houses early this morning.  About 50 firefighters have been going door-to-door in areas along the Choconut Creek that were the hardest hit and other parts that remain at risk for flooding.

Early this morning Vestal Supervisor John Schaffer declared a state of emergency for parts of the town -- the West Side of Route 26 to the Pennsylvania border along the Susquehanna River. 

Broome County emergency services reported flash flooding in several areas of Vestal at Choconut Creek. Castleman Road, Westhill Road Juneberry Road near Choconut Creek remain closed.

Severe thunderstorms and heavy rain -- about 2.5 - 4 inches fell in parts of the City of Binghamton, Conklin and Kirkwood.

As of 5:45 Monday morning the river gauge at the Susquehanna River at Conklin was 9.21 feet and rising. 

Broome County 911 responded to 75 storm-related incidents. Emergency management issued 5 NY Alerts to areas along Choconut Creek to prepare them for possible flooding.