posted on February 18, 2011 07:20
As temperatures rise into the 50's, forecasters are keeping a close eye on the rivers, creeks and streams of Western New York as accumulations of snow begin to melt.
The Tonawanda Creek in Batavia is behaving.
The creek is six feet below flood stage this morning and is not expected to rise much more.
A Flood Watch is in effect from this afternoon into tomorrow night for Erie and Wyoming Counties.,
There is also a wind advisory.
National Weather Service also says winds will start to pick up tonight through Saturday with gusts up in the 40 to 45 mph range.
The warm weather won't last, however, with temperatures beginning to drop back to the 20's again by Saturday.
Batavia native and America’s longest held Middle East hostage, Terry Anderson, is in town.
Anderson began a series of weekend appearances last night with a meet and greet at Batavia Downs.
Anderson said he was glued to his computer, watching coverage from Al Jazeera, of the uprising in Egypt:
"It just proves again, what we knew back then (when he was held) you can have all the police and secret police, guns and thugs in the world and when your people stand up and say 'no, we're tried of you,' you're gone."
Anderson will speak tonight at a dinner raising money for the Peace Garden project.
A convict serving time in a state prison just north of the Adirondacks has been charged with a burglary in Bergen.
44-year-old Stephen Farrell is behind bars in Malone for a Grand Larceny in LeRoy.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Investigators William say Farrell’s name came up several months ago, as they looked into a break-in at a business in Bergen. Blood left at the scene led lawmen him to Farrell.
Farrell was returned to Genesee County yesterday for arraignment.
The Erie County man accused of marinating his cat with plans to make a meal of the animal has been cleared of animal cruelty charges.
A judge found that 52-year-old Gary Korkuc not guilty of the misdemeanor charge.
The judge said police wrongly accused Korkuc of marinating the cat. He also faulted the state’s century old animal cruelty law.