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Cleanup effort continues in Whitesboro following Sauquoit Creek flooding

As residents in Whitesboro continue to cleanup from Thursday’s flooding, many are wondering whether anything will ever be done to fix the ongoing problem.

Posted: Jan 25, 2019 6:45 PM
Updated: Jan 25, 2019 6:48 PM

WHITESBORO, N.Y. -- As residents in Whitesboro continue to cleanup from Thursday’s flooding, many are wondering whether anything will ever be done to fix the ongoing problem.

The bridge over Main Street, about a quarter-mile up the creek, is where the CSX train tracks go over the creek and that is where that bridge is so low – there's really not much room for ice to go underneath.

Twelve homeowners in Whitesboro are continuing to clean up after Thursday’s flooding.

When governor Cuomo visited Whitesboro Thursday night, he mentioned it was time for CSX to do something about its bridge over the Sauquoit Creek, which many say is way too low to allow ice to flow underneath it.

CSX says it is working with the state, as the state tries to find possible solutions.

NewsChannel 2’s Gary Liberatore contacted CSX again Friday to clarify their statement, to see if a rebuild of the bridge would be needed, how much money they would lose with train service stopping for the time period it would take to build a new bridge. Also to find out if they would consider a buyout of all the properties to avoid that very costly rebuilds and shutdown of the train line.

WKTV was told they are not commenting any further than they already did Thursday.

Friday, Whitesboro Mayor Bob Friedlander says it's time to stop being friendly with CSX, and that something needs to be done.

He says when the ice builds up in the creek to the south and then breaks up with warmer temperatures, that ice comes barreling down like a freight train itself and comes to a halt at the CSX bridge, "I hope that the governor does what he says.  I think CSX needs to be pressured, I think the time for just talking and being friends is over with."

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