Local News: December 18, 2023

- Flood Warning in effect until midnight -

The National Weather Service in Binghamton issued a flood warning on Monday morning. It’s in effect until midnight. They warn that runoff from excessive rainfall may cause flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations. Affected areas include Tompkins, Steuben, Schuyler, Broome, Chemung, Chenango, and Cortland counties, and parts of northeast Pennsylvania. If you live in a flood-prone area the weather service urges you to monitor forecasts, check for flood alerts, and be prepared if flooding develops. If you are driving and encounter a flooded road you should turn around.

- Corning Police Department warns of phone scammers posing as law enforcement -

The Corning Police Department is warning of phone scammers posing as law enforcement officers. WENY TV reports that the police say scammers are using the names of real officers and their phone number ID is blocked. The scammers tell victims they owe money for a legal matter and that if they don’t pay immediately they could be arrested. The Corning Police Department says no law enforcement agency would call demanding immediate payment. They say if you think a scammer has called you should call your local police department.

- Two Seneca County sewer plants issued violations by DEC for missing reports -

The state Department of Environmental Conservation, the DEC, has issued a violation notice to Seneca County. The county failed to submit interim reports about wastewater treatment upgrades in two districts. One is in Willard which is in southern Seneca County along the Seneca Lake and the other is at Five Points Correctional Facility, the maximum security state prison in Romulus. The Finger Lakes Times reports the county is required to submit the reports every nine months to comply with state permits. The DEC says the last reports were submitted in February. The County has until January 10 to file a response with details about progress since then or it could face civil fines of up to $37,000 a day for each violation.

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