posted on February 21, 2014 07:20
We have two weather warnings posted this morning:
A Flood Warning is in effect for Genesee County until 5 this evening.
A High Wind Warning is in effect until 10 tonight forecasting southwest winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts as high as 60.
All of this is caused by rapidly rising temperatures and snow melt.
A high near 50 degrees is predicted today.
We are also closely watching the level of Tonawanda Creek at Batavia and so far, the creek is behaving.
The official level as recorded behind the county courthouse is 2.2 feet, well below the 9 ft. flood stage.
The Tonawanda is forecast to crest at just over 7 feet by early tomorrow.
We have just one road closure due to high water:
Route 262, the Byron-Elba Road is blocked between Bank St. Road and Byron Road. UPDATE: Route 262 has been reopened.
Governor Andrew Cuomo says he has no plans to seek a casino resort in the Rochester area.
Cuomo made an appearance yesterday in Rochester, where he said that there are no plans to try and reopen the state's compact with the Seneca Nation for an area casino.
The tribe is reportedly interested in opening a casino in the Monroe County town of Henrietta, a move that is drawing strong opposition from residents.
Congressman Chris Collins is looking to block the use of federal money on college programs for convicted prisoners.
Collins is proposing the bill in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to use taxpayer dollars for college programs in New York state prisons.
Collins, a Republican, represents Genesee County in the House of Representatives.
Michelle Obama is urging New York children to drink more water. The First Lady was in New York City yesterday promoting her "Drink Up" campaign at the New Museum. It's showcasing a water-themed exhibit by 14 street artists. The art show is meant to encourage children to choose water instead of sugary drinks and is part of the First Lady's initiative to fight childhood obesity.