If you are in a floodplain or have a basement that is prone to flooding, you will want to keep a close eye on your sump pump this weekend.

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The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a Flood Watch for all of Western New York for the weekend.

We could see nearly 3 inches of rain between Saturday afternoon and Sunday evening.

...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
SUNDAY AFTERNOON...

The Flood Watch continues for

* A portion of western New York...including the following
  counties...Cattaraugus...Chautauqua...Genesee...Monroe...
  Niagara...Northern Erie...Orleans...Southern Erie and Wyoming.

* From Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.

* Periods of rain will develop across the region, becoming
  widespread and heavy Saturday afternoon through Saturday
  night. Total rainfall amounts may reach 1.5 to 2.5 inches,
  with the greatest amounts expected across the Niagara
  Frontier.

* Heavy rain falling on nearly saturated ground will result in
  excessive runoff. This may result in flooding of low lying
  areas and urban areas. Flooding is also possible on some
  larger rivers as well, including the Buffalo area creeks.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be
alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to
flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding
develop. Stay tuned to weather radio or other radio and tv
stations for further details or updates.

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