WHEATLAND, N.Y. (AP) _ Flooding caused by heavy rains has shut down a 16-mile stretch of the eastbound lanes of the Thruway outside Rochester.

The Thruway Authority says the eastbound side of Interstate 90 was closed around 9 a.m. Monday by flooding between Exit 47 in Le Roy and Exit 46 in Henrietta, just south of Rochester.

Troopers say the water is 4 inches deep and covers about 15 feet of both eastbound lanes.

Officials say all eastbound traffic must leave the highway at Exit 47. There was no immediate indication from the authority or state police when the eastbound lanes would reopen.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for most of Central New York until 8 pm tonight and more heavy downpours could come this afternoon.