SYLVAN BEACH- Just days after flooding struck the Greater Sylvan Beach Area, many homeowners are still without their homes. On Sunday, officials helped residents out of their homes but many were still shocked by the damage that had been done.
“We salvaged what we could,” said Mark Amman of Sylvan Beach. “I’ve spoke to a few people and they said there is a good chance it is going to flood again.”
Amman’s story was similar to many others along Fish Creek, as dozens are dealing with similar damage.
“Yesterday morning around 6:30 water started coming in and I tried to keep up with a shop-vac,” said Mike Sorrendino of Sylvan Beach. “My silver lining is that my family and I are safe, everything else can be fixed and replaced.”
Sorrendino went on to say how he wouldn’t wish this tragic event to happen to anybody. For the last few days he has been assisted by the American Red Cross with food, shelter, and care.
Officials spent the majority of Sunday manning the streets of Sylvan Beach. They were looking for pets and people who were in danger. In particular, Oneida County Legislator, Norm Leach, said he was looking for “Morris the cat”.
“We went into a trailer trying to locate Morris,” said Leach. “We were not successful in finding him but we put some food and water out so hopefully Morris will be okay.”
After many hours, Morris was luckily saved by the Sylvan Fire Department who found him underneath one of the beds inside the home.
“The conditions were so bad they couldn’t get down there to get him,” said Shawnna Cox, Morris's sister. “We are just happy everyone is safe and okay."