TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — Multiple locations in the Finger Lakes Region have received more than 50 percent of the average rainfall in the past two months, according to officials at the National Weather Service.

Several municipalities in Tompkins County have already experienced or are at high risk for flash flooding including Ithaca, Newfield, Cayuga Heights, Lansing, Enfield, Groton and Dryden, according to predictions from the NWS.

More than two inches of rain fell during severe storms on Friday, leaving damage in several locations across the county due to flash flooding. Emergency dispatch officials say the majority of calls came in from Dryden, Lansing and Cayuga Heights.

Meteorologist Dave Nicosia at the National Weather Service said the rainfall in the past two weeks has risen significantly compared to the average rainfall for this time of year.

“We’re in a very wet pattern and every time we get a storm now we’re also getting heavy rain,” he said. “It’s not unusual for thunderstorms this time of year, but everything has been so wet and more likely to flood.” 

Nicosia said it usually takes around a week between storms for the risk of flooding to lessen, but storms are predicted to continue on Thursday and Saturday.

The forecast this summer has changed drastically since last summer, said NWS meteorologist, Paul Fitzsimmons.

It’s been much wetter than last year,” Fitzsimmons said. “Last summer was extremely dry and this year we’ve had precipitation that has been more than 50 percent above normal. In the past couple weeks, there are areas that have seen around twice as much rainfall as average for the first half of July.”

Due to the forecast’s wet pattern, the risk of flash flooding throughout the county has not yet subsided.

Check out the photos of last weekend’s flash flooding below, which were submitted by readers to The Ithaca Voice.

Featured image courtesy of the Northeast Regional Climate Center.

Flooding in the parking lots at the Shops at Ithaca Mall on Friday afternoon.

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Jolene Almendarez

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