July 2, 2013


Officials out assessing damage this morning

Staff Reporter

CORTLAND — County and town officials were still assessing damage to roads and bridges this morning caused by heavy rains Monday, especially in Cuyler, McGraw, Solon and Cincinnatus.
Solon Highway Superintendent James Wildman Jr. was scoping out the damage on roads like Lapp Hill Road, where a culvert was washed out Monday afternoon.
Solon Town Councilman Steve Furlin said Monday night that the flooding was the worst he had seen in the town, remarking on heavy damage along Lapp Road and Potter Road and Syrian Hill Road, among others.
Furlin said this morning Wildman was surveying all the damage.
City Department of Public Works Superintendent Chris Bistocchi said he would provide dump trucks as needed to assist towns in hauling material like gravel and stones that washed out of embankments.
In the city, Bistocchi said a couple of creeks overflowed their banks but after the rain stopped and the water receded things returned to normal by about 6 p.m. Monday.
A state of emergency that was declared in Cuyler at 9 p.m. Monday was lifted this morning but a flood watch remained in effect.
The state of emergency was put into effect to keep people off damaged roads.
“The state of emergency for the town was due to bridge washouts, and major culverts, shoulder erosion and debris on the roadways,” DeRusso said. “For public safety we needed to minimize the amount of traffic.”
Marathon Street Superintendent Floyd Parker said the Tioughnioga River river stayed in its banks in the village and town, so there was no flooding to report.
But farmers like county legislator Kathie Arnold in Truxton reported 3.15 inches of rain in less than a 24-hour span of time starting Sunday evening. The extent of damage to crops like corn, hay and soybean remains to be seen, she said this morning, adding that the whole valley floor was under water covering her pastures.
Hydrometeorologist Mitch Gilt with the National Weather Service in Binghamton said the weather will remain unstable through Thursday, with the continued potential for thunderstorms through the region.
Gilt said the 24-hour rainfall from 7 a.m. Monday to 7 a.m. this morning was reported to be 2.48 inches in Cortland County with 1.25 inches reported in Marathon and 1.05 inches reported in Willet.
He said the moisture is coming from an unstable weather system wrapping from the Gulf of Mexico up through the Central New York region.
“Anything that develops has the potential to be very heavy,” said Gilt.


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