of Whitesboro was one of the areas hit hardest by the rain and flash
floods. Streets were lined today with firefighters helping people pump
water out of their homes. Last night's rain caused extreme flooding in the
village, especially for those living near the Sauquoit Creek.
Resident of Whitesboro Tom Egresits said that last night his cellar
had about one inch of water in it. By 6:00 AM the next morning, it had three
The Whitesboro and Yorkville Fire Departments had
been working for about three hours on the Egresits' home, and still had
about an hour of pumping to go. Down the street, closer to the creek,
the flooding was even worse. Louis Milozzo's entire basement filled
with water. He says this is the third time within four months that the
creek overflowed, and it's costing more than he can bear. "It's the third hot water tank, my boiler's gone" he said. He says he can't afford to deal with this anymore. "It's so stressful, people have to take days off from work to be able to function," Milozzo said.
Residents say once
the water is pumped out they have to deal with their insurance
companies, cleaning up the mess, and the smell. "It's
disgusting. After last night I was disgusted," said Charles Hajdasz,
"no where to put the pets, rugs. I lost all my baseball cards,
Everyone agreed that the firefighters were doing an
amazing job at helping out homeowners. Firefighters from Whitesboro,
Yorkville, Floyd, Bridgewater, and Oriskany came together to help out
all those with flooded houses.