SYLVAN BEACH- With the snow coming to an end Saturday evening, dozens are left evacuated from their homes in the Sylvan Beach area. According to the American Red Cross, homeowners were temporarily evacuated from their homes early Saturday morning.
This mandate came shortly after Fish Creek jammed up with ice, flooding streets, yards, and homes.
“We evacuated people to the Vienna United Methodist Church on route 49,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente. “We had fire crews up there assisting roughly 16 people and 70 different homes.”
The flooding occurred where Sylvan Beach meets Vienna. Homeowners said the water came into their homes before they knew what to do.
“We tried to start extracting the carpets and it just got worse and worse,” said Bill Shaw, Sylvan Beach homeowner. “[The water] was probably mid calf while I was walking through my front yard.”
Shaw also had trouble evacuating his pets.
“I had to leave one pet home just because we were in a rush to get out and there’s only so much room in the car,” said Shaw.
As for homeowners and pets tonight, they are being assisted by the American Red Cross as they wait to reenter their homes.