- Associated Press - Friday, June 30, 2017

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Heavy rain falling on saturated soil with more to come caused flooding and road closures in low-lying areas of northern Vermont and parts of upstate New York Friday.

The National Weather Service says heavy rain and thunderstorms are possible through Sunday morning. There were flood and severe thunderstorm watches in effect Friday for parts of New York and northern New England.

In Vermont, the Winooski River at Waterbury was above flood stage Friday and the river was out of its bank, inundating recreation fields and causing minor flooding in the fields behind the state office complex, an area rebuilt to withstand much heavier flooding after 2011’s Tropical Storm Irene devastated the area.

“Right now there’s a little bit of a break, but the soils are very most, the rivers are running high and we do expect more showers and thunderstorms to develop over the area this afternoon,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Kimberly McMahon said Friday morning.

Between Friday morning and Saturday morning, forecasters expected as much as three-quarters of an inch (1.9 centimeters) of rain, with more possible in areas hit by thunderstorms, McMahon said. From Saturday morning to Sunday morning, up to an additional inch 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) of rain could fall.

On Friday, flooding of low-lying road areas was reported in locations in Vermont and Clinton County, New York.

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