Severe storms ripped through Schuyler County, displacing at least two families. Water from the Taughanock Creek overflowed into a trailer park. As YNN's Crystal Cranmore reports, residents are hoping county officials can help them with a reoccurring problem.
PERRY CITY, N.Y. -- It was the last thing residents in this mobile home park in Perry City expected to do during the holiday weekend. They spent Monday afternoon salvaging what they could. Severe storms ripped through the area, causing the Taughanock Creek to overflow.
“It just started pouring in. We watched it steadily rise and within a half an hour, we were at the floorboards of the house. And another 20 minutes after that, we were at 18 inches to two feet in the house,” said Shane Lecates.
Lecates is one of six residents in this community. He recently moved up from North Carolina and was looking forward to calling this his home. But now he's lost a bed, a dresser and several pieces of furniture.
“I don't have the money for something like this. Barely cutting the bills,” he said.
The American Red Cross is trying to help.
“We've been able to provide them clothing and food at this point. We will provide shelter as needed,” said Donna Davis of the American Red Cross.
Lecates and his roommates found themselves in the same situation less than a month ago.
“The problem we had last time was that there were a couple trees that were laying down in the creek that were supposed to be cleared out by the DEC that caught underneath the bridge and it pulled the water in here,” said Lecates.
He says the area of the creek that tends to overflow lies across the county line.
Lecates said, "Because it's flooding into our county and it doesn’t affect Tompkins County, there is no real rush to get anything done. But it’s pretty important to us."
Lecates says he will be contacting officials soon to see what can be done. Meanwhile, he and his roommates will likely be staying at an area hotel. He does plan to make repairs to his trailer once the water recedes, including adding stilts to his mobile home.