The National Weather Service has posted a Flash Flood Watch for the Oil Region, effective through Friday morning (May 16).
Weather watchers say a slow-moving cold front passing through the area Thursday and Thursday night could produce another one-to-two inches of rain “with locally higher amounts possible.” The new rainfall, added to rains which have already swollen many creeks and streams, may cause flooding of those waterways and in other low-lying areas.
The watch area includes, but is not limited to, Venango, Clarion, Forest, Mercer and Butler Counties. Also covered are most other western Pennsylvania counties to the south of us, several counties in eastern Ohio, including some where flooding occurred earlier this week, and parts of West Virginia and Maryland.
A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. You are advised to monitor all subsequent weather forecasts, and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.