Created: 02/20/2014 5:11 PM WHEC.com
By: Josh Nichols
The flood watch means that residents along the Oatka Creek are watching for the potential for some localized flooding, as conditions are favorable for that possibility. Those conditions include the recent snow melt flowing into our area's creeks rivers streams and the rain that's coming down.
News10NBC’s meteorologist Josh Nichols reviewed some data on how much rainfall we would need in Monroe County to see flash flooding. News10NBC would need more than two inches of rain in a 24 hour time span for flash flooding to occur. So the concern is not in a sudden flood, but rather just how much our local waterways can absorb, which residents in this community are monitoring closely.
Gladys Fingland said, "We get a lot of basement fillage and the sump pumps keep it going good. If we get a lot of rain, then the creek will come up and then it just floods over and goes into the back lots all the time.”
Glenn Sickles said, “A lot of us have our own pumps, our own generators so we can take care of our property and it's a good neighborhood so we help each other.”
News10NBC checked the river gauge levels at both the Black and Oatka Creeks. They ranged anywhere from 1.8 feet to 2.7 feet, that's well below the flood stage of six feet. The good news is that those river levels aren't forecasted to climb to levels that these creeks can't handle. We just need to be aware of some spill over that typically takes place in low lying locations when we see that locally heavy rain.