The Hamlet of Westernville is still recovering from an EF 1 tornado that blew through Thursday July 8th, but more bad news as a localized storm caused flooding just up the street. 78 year-old Richard Platt who was hit hard by the flooding is wondering if dark clouds will ever break from his life.
"Richard does that cloud follow you all the time? I says it’s followed me ever since I came out of that womb. I says I should have known because I was a breech baby. I came out backwards."
The hardest hit area is in a floodplain, so insurance won’t cover damages. 5 families are reported to be displaced, but all 5 have refused help from the American Red Cross. It’s the 3rd time the area has been hit with flooding, but that’s not enough to drive away the Platt’s.
"I don’t know how the hell we’re going to do it, but we’ll do it. (Why stay here if you’ve been flooded 3 times?) Because I was born and brought up here. I like it here."
The waters also took out an embankment along the Mohawk River and the Town Supervisor estimates the damage around the Hillside Road bridge to be about $1 million. The Town is seeking funding from the State and County, but so far there’s no relief in sight. Another resident struck by flooding is Joe Jones. He isn’t even sure what it’s going to cost to fix his house.
"I haven’t even been down cellar. I don’t know what it looks like. The rescue come in and they forced us out of the house. They made us go."
Now that Joe’s back he’s having second thoughts about staying, but Suzanne and Richard Platt are here for the long haul.
Richard Platt: "It is what it is and you just have to put up with it. What are you going to do." Suzanne Platt: "Last year the pandemic, this year tornado’s and flooding. We just can’t get ahead." (Laughs)
The Town of Western is accepting financial donations that will go directly to those in need.