VESTAL, N.Y. — Authorities say heavy rains have caused flash floods that have forced some people from their homes and closed a highway in New York’s Southern Tier.

Storms that began Sunday and lingered into Monday have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood watch for neighboring Tioga (ty-OH’-guh) and Broome counties until Tuesday morning.

The Press & Sun-Bulletin of Binghamton reports (http://press.sn/2utbpNB ) that local emergency services officials say a creek in Vestal flooded early Monday morning, forcing about 75 people from their homes. More than a dozen vehicles around the county became stranded in the downpour, most of them at underpasses.

State transportation officials say stretches of Route 17 in Tioga County, just east of Binghamton, are closed in both directions because of flooding. Signs are detouring motorist off the highway to alternate routes.


Information from: Press & Sun-Bulletin, http://www.pressconnects.com

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