Town of Herkimer, N.Y. - A Town of Herkimer man is so frustrated at repeatedly getting flooded out, that he's decided to put up some interesting signs in his front yard. One of the signs reads, 'Caution : Big Mess'.
John Cancelino says he purchased the home at 100 Elm Avenue last November and shortly after that, his yard and home were flooded out, including some damage to his foundation, "The first week after we lived here, big storm, everything flooded."
Cancelino says he went to the town board shortly after that flooding occurred and says he was told by the town that a drain would be put in in front of his house. He says that never happened, and says he was flooded out again at the end of July, "Had to put in 22 ton of stone to stop it. Raised my house. Just been a long process of trying to get an easy job done."
Cancelino says he went to the town board again in early August and says this time a drain was put in just weeks later, but he says that drain has only helped with the water coming from State Rt. 5, not the flow of water coming down Elm Avenue, so he is going to ask the town to put in a second drain, just up Elm Avenue in front of his next-door neighbor's house.
Town of Herkimer Council Member Vito Carbone says he believes a second drain might be necessary, "That's what I'm going to look into, look at getting a second drain put in, because I think that probably would help the situation. I'm going to bring it back to the board again and see if we can do something on it."
Another of the signs Cancelino put up in front of his home takes aim at Town of Herkimer Highway Superintendent, David McManus. The sign reads, 'Taxpayers need a new highway superintendent, one that can do the job."
McManus released the following statement to News Channel 2, “We’ve done everything we could do for him, but his property is the lowest point on the street. As far as a second drain, in my opinion, with the amount of runoff that is coming in now, it would be a waste of town money.”
Cancelino says he will ask the town to put in a second drain at the next town board meeting which is set for next Monday, September 17th.