Village of Herkimer continues to dig out


HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) - One of the hardest hit areas from Friday morning's heavy rains is the Village of Herkimer.

One section was hit extremely hard after county officials say an estimated four and a half inches of rain fell from 10 p.m. Thursday night, right through 9 a.m. Friday morning.

Village trustee Tony Brindisi says he has no words to describe what took place on Maple Grove Avenue, where massive amounts of debris came crashing down the normally quite Berringer Brook around 5 a.m. Friday morning. That debris covered a major section of the road.

"It's just an unbelievable sight," Brindisi said. "Something I've never seen."

The home on Maple Grove Avenue where all of that debris ended up in front of, is a two-story home, and the power of the water that came through was so strong, the water lifted the house off of its foundation and water went up into the first floor through the flooring.

Ron WIlliams says his girlfriend and mother in-law were home at the time, and says they were able to get upstairs to the second floor after about a foot and a half of water filled the first floor.

"The Village did a fantastic job," Williams said. "They brought a bucket loader right to the back fence, put them in the bucket, and got them to safety."

Nearby resident Lori McCumber says the small boat that was in her yard somehow ended up six blocks away at the Herb Philipson's parking lot on West Albany Street. "The lawnmower and snowblower also floated away. It turned into a river in the back of the house."

As we drove around the area Friday afternoon, numerous streets have been torn up, numerous yards have been turned into ponds and just about every home had someone outside cleaning up.

Trustee Brindisi says the Herkimer community is a tight group and they will get through this, but he says "The key here is, no one got hurt."

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