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Dozens of Road Closures South and East of Wellsville, Steuben County Issues State of Emergency

From the Editor, 8/19/21, Photo by Seth Boehnke

Steady rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane Fred have overwhelmed the local watershed, causing widespread flooding. Whitesville, Genesee PA, and the town of Willing appear to have some of most dangerous water issues. Many roads are closed, as Facebook hero page, “Allegany Fire Wire,” reports a possible evacuation on the Mapes Road in Willing(Yorks Corners area.) Based on information from the National Weather Service, the Genesee River is expected to peak at 11 feet today(Thursday).

The Town of Willing released a statement early this morning that sums up the severity of the flooding:

“WILLING AREA RESIDENTS: Sheltering available at Willing fire hall, If unable to get out call 911.”

Allegany Fire Wire had been attempting to list the road closures for the public but finally gave up and announced,

“We have lost track of what all roads are closed. If you know of roads that are currently closed please list them on this post.”

Based on that call many Facebookers provided this unconfirmed reporting of roads closed in the Wellsville area:

The Cryder(248a) between Whitesville and Genesee, PA is closed, much of Rt. 19 between Willing and Genesee PA is closed. The Back River Road between Wellsville and Willing is closed. In Alma, County road 38 to 29 shut down. Diverting all traffic up county road 18. Rt. 248 from Greenwood to Whitesville is closed. Bridge washed out and several trees blocking roadway. Routes, 36, 248, 248A, 417,84,117,103,98 ARE ALL CLOSED. *All UNCONFIRMED

Its safe to say that if you are planning a road trip today, confirm your route isn’t closed.

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