Ilion crews fight to keep floodwaters back

By WKTV News

ILION, N.Y. (WKTV) - Workers are spending the day laying down sandbag after sandbag in an effort to divert water away from homes and back towards the creek.

The heavy rainfall has caused Steele creek to overflow onto the streets and into residents' homes. One resident said she had four feet of water in her basement.

The rain is putting pressure on the retaining wall surrounding the creek, causing the wall to lean inwards and water to flow underneath.

"My biggest fear is that we are going to lose the whole wall, which would eventually mean we are going to lose more of the road because obviously the water erodes the roadway," says John Stephens, the mayor of Ilion. "As you can see, we have lost a lot of that bank across the creek, the water erodes the embankment there, so it would continue to do that with the retaining wall gone."

Ilion remains under a state of emergency. The mayor has requested no unnecessary travel on the streets until further notice.

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