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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-30-06 07:06 AM
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I live near the intersection of Delaware, Chenango, and Otsego counties in rural, upstate New York. The area has been devastated by this week's flooding. My family and I are fine. We live at a high elevation compared to most people in our area. I have the old railroad elevation charts from the area; our house is at about 1600 feet, which is more than 600 feet above near-by Sidney. Here is a shot from the old turnpike that is actually part of my driveway.

The view in the photo is in the direction of Sidney, NY. It was there that the Carr's Creek washed out a section of I-88. Two truckdrivers were killed here. These photos came from other area residents.

The flooding is beyond anything that I have seen in my lifetime. I've checked the records I have (again, from old railroad records, etc) and the flooding was greater here than any of the huge springtime floods that I've found. I have photos of the "great flood" of 1913, and descriptions of earlier ones.

Two of my siblings and three of my best friends were evacuated from their homes. Several of our friends in the Bainbridge - Afton area are still isolated. We have a teenager who was homeless living with us now. (She had her GED postponed! She will take it next week, and college in the fall.) Her elderly grangfather was trapped in Afton. There was nothing we could do. The "linked" article shows that a state senator couldn't get in to see people there.

My sons took a 26-mile bike ride yesterday. They took some photos:

The second picture is the Amphenol plant. The underwater parking lot is a NYS superfund site. The numerous barrels of toxic waste that were previously stored near this gate had reportedly floated downstream two days ago.

In 1993, a rain storm resulted in a site which is "officially" two US Superfund Sites (Sidney Landfill and Richardson Hill) leaking chemical wastes into two small lakes. It is an interesting site: one lake leads to the Delaware River, while the other, just 1/4 mile away, leads to the Susquehanna River. That storm led to every fish in the Sidney Center water reservoir dying in 12 hours. (See: page 100,556 of EPA report per Richardson Hill; "Preliminary Report on Wildlife Kill Investigation North and South Ponds," June 30, 1993) I imagine that more than water floated downstream in the past week.

It's a strange time around here.

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