(Update 7 a.m. Saturday) — Safety tips from Ithaca Fire Department and weather update added.

Though the flood watch is over for Tompkins County, the Ithaca Fire Department is reminding people to be prepared as cold weather is on the way, which could lead to frozen pipes and other issues.

The National Weather Service has issued a “hazardous weather outlook” for Tompkins and several counties in the region. Temperatures Saturday will rapidly fall to near freezing and rain will turn to snow for many locations, which means previously wet roads may become slick, the NWS says. People traveling Saturday morning are advised to be cautious.

On Friday, local emergency responders were called to many reports of flooding, which caused some road closures.

The IFD says to watch out for frozen pipes and never warm them with an open flame, only use a hairdryer.

Residents in low-lying areas or near creeks and streams should be diligent and check their basements for flooding, and also check that sump pumps are working, the IFD said.

“Everyone is asked to prepare, be patient and assist each other as needed. As always, for all true emergencies call 911. For any non-emergency questions, Tompkins 211 is available to handle calls,” the IFD said.


(Update 11:40 p.m.) — Rt. 79 is open to traffic in both directions.

TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — Route 79, or Mecklenburg Road, is closed from Sheffield Road to Westhaven Road due to flooding.

Drivers are advised to seek alternate routes.

A flood watch is in effect until 1:00 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Below is a video of the intersection of Mill and Main streets Friday evening. Photo by Jacob Mroczek/The Ithaca Voice.

Featured image: Road flooding at Mill and Main streets in Newfield Friday evening.

Devon Magliozzi

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