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 It was quite a thunderstorm that swept though Genesee County between 4 and 6PM yesterday afternoon. The high winds knocked down some tree limbs. The heavy rain flooded basements and flooded roadways including the underpasses on Cedar Street, Ellicott Street, and Lehigh Avenue. The high waters under the railroad bridges resulted in cars stranded half way in the water. There were no reports of injuries in any of the many incidents attended to by fire crews and police.
Estimates place the amount of rain at about 2 inches, but unofficially the area received .87 inches in the storm.

The Buffalo area escaped the storm and the weather service at the Buffalo International Airport reported no rain for the day, making the total for the month of July just under an inch at .87 inches. Rochester however record .63 inches yesterday for a total of 2.62 inches for July. Here in Batavia our unofficial total was 2.95 inches for the month.

The man suspected of multiple burglaries in Genesee County in recent days has been caught. He was arrested after allegedly breaking into a home on Summit Street yesterday morning.  The identity of the man is being withheld until his arraignment in court. The man is believed to be the same person who stole jewelry and other small items from homes in LeRoy, Batavia, and other parts of the County.

A motorcycle collided with a deer yesterday afternoon on the Brown Schoolhouse Road in the Orleans County town of Clarendon. The collision took the life of the motorcycle operator, 42 year old Russell Patton. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Patton was ejected from the cycle after the collision. The investigation is continuing.

A small break in a south wall of the Erie Canal turned into a large sink hole Monday night on the Albion Eagle Harbor Road. Crews hauled in nearly 200 tons of stone to fill the hole, which crew from the small breach to a sink hole that was an estimated 60 feet in diameter and 16 feet deep. While repairs are being made, the guard gates on the canal on both sides of the breach are closed stopping traffic on the canal.

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