The sunshine may have warmed away thoughts of recent flash floods for many, but some of the hardest hit areas can't avoid constant reminders. In the small hamlet of Blodgett Mills, many are still cleaning up. YNN's Tamara Lindstrom reports.
BLODGETT MILLS, N.Y. -- The normally quiet streets of Blodgett Mills in Cortland County are now congested with heavy machinery.
"We're working ten hours a day at least," said Cortlandville Heavy Equipment Operator Bill Morse. "If we're trying to finish a job, we'll work later than that to get the job done."
It was an effort that began nearly two weeks ago, when heavy rains forced small creeks to jump their beds and run through lawns and basements.
"We're trying to clean up some of the debris and get things open back up," Morse said. "It's helping the homeowners out, and us too, by getting the drainage back open so if we do get more rain they don't get flooded again."
But for at least one family, the unwanted water never stopped flowing.
"We still have water running in our basement. The water table is so high that water's still coming in. It's like somebody turned on a faucet. It's just coming up. It's pretty bad," said Kari Mosher, a Blodgett Mills resident.
Like many of their neighbors, the Moshers lost their furnace, water heater, washer and dryer when water flooded their basement. Although they were lucky enough to avoid a contaminated well, the constant wetness is taking its toll.
"There's a crack in the wall in our living room. So we don't know. We have to have someone come look at it," Mosher said. "Our foundation is starting to buckle in from of the water. But our homeowner's insurance doesn't cover that. So anything that has to do with water, unless it's something that breaks in your house, nothing is covered."
While crews work feverishly to repair the roads and clear debris outside, neighbors are wondering if they're going to see any assistance.
"We haven't heard anything. I've called the emergency management. Finally when I got a hold of someone, the person advised me that they're getting things together to send to the state. but we haven't heard of anything," Mosher said.
Meanwhile, they'll rely on the help of family and friends as they recover from thousands of dollars worth of damage.
The Cortland County Emergency Communications Department is working to assess the storm damage, to determine the county's eligibility for relief funds.