STORM AFTERMATH: Flooding swallows driveways
Updated: Friday, June 6 2014, 05:37 PM EDT
Branchport, N.Y. -- Ditches became streams, and creeks were turned into rivers after an aggressive rainstorm pounded Branchport Tuesday night.
The Sullivan family was forced to pump 8 feet of water from their basement.
"It could have been worse. That's what we have to keep telling ourselves," said Melanie Sullivan. "We see our neighbors, everybody checking in with each other. So we're doing what we can."
13WHAM spotted big piles of stone carried by floodwater last night. Neighbors measuring the rain said they got 6 inches in less than four hours.
"I have not been to bed," said Stacey Spoor when asked about what she woke up to Wednesday morning. "We came home at 11:30 from Waterloo and ran into heavy rain and lightning and our driveway."
Spoor said her driveway is "completely gone."
However, it's not just driveways. Large chunks of road were washed away by the power of that rushing water, affecting miles and miles of roads.
"This road we were getting ready to repave," explained Dave Hartman, Yates County highway superintendent. "And this is going to push that project back."
One house 13WHAM spotted was surrounded by debris, including tons of stones and trees and mud that were pushed up against its side.
A usually lazy stream we encountered swelled in the rain, flowed over a bridge and left a muddy mess.