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Flooding Forces Street, School Closures

LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- Severe rainstorms over the past 48 hours have caused road closures in the town and village of Mamaroneck, delaying traffic and closing one school Thursday morning.

Westchester received 6.77 inches of rainfall as of 8 a.m., according to the National Weather Service website.

"Thankfully this was just a rain event and not a wind event," said Mayor Josh Mandell, who is also a volunteer firefighter and assisted on a response by the Larchmont Fire Department Thursday morning.

Flooding forced several road closures over night in the Town of Mamaroneck, and two remain closed on Lakeside Drive and Fenimore Road.

"If there is no more rain and the river recedes, we would probably open them by mid-afternoon," said Town Adminstrator Stephen Altieri. "What exacerbated the situation is that we're coming off of Hurricane Irene. The ground is saturated and there's nowhere for the water to go."

Mamaroneck Avenue School, located in a flood-prone area, originally issued a two-hour delay Thursday morning, but decided to close for the day due to flooding on surrounding streets.

"We were concerned about the safety of students, parents and teachers traveling to the school, as side roads around the school were closed and it became more difficult to access the school," said Debbie Manetta, spokesperson for the Mamaroneck School. "All other schools have been operating on the regular schedule."

Scattered showers with the potential for heavy rain are expected Thursday evening, mainly before 8 p.m., according to the National Weather Service website. A flood warning remains in effect until 4:30 p.m.

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