On Friday afternoon (1/10), the National Weather Service issued a Flood Warning for Venango County, effective immediately and extending until 2:00 PM Sunday afternoon.
The warning was issued after Venango County Emergency Management Agency officials reported the onset of flooding in the Rockmere area north of Oil City. Officials said the main road to the Rockmere area was flooded as a result of an ice jam on the Allegheny River that extends into Oil City.
In addition, rainfall amounts projected to be around a half-inch on Saturday could increase river levels and cause additional ice jams along the Allegheny and its tributaries.
A flood warning means that flooding is imminent or has been reported.
Stream rises will be relatively slow, and flash flooding is not expected.
Safety officials say most deaths due to floods occur in automobiles, and they warn motorists never to drive in areas where waters cover the road. Flood water is usually deeper and more powerful than it appears.
The Weather Service asks that you report high water by calling 1 – 412 – 262 – 1988, by posting to the NWS Pittsburgh Facebook page, or by using Twitter @NWSPITTSBURGH.