Twin Tiers Flooding Concerns

By James Wilcox

Twin Tiers Flooding Concerns

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 19, 2006 at 12:48 AM EDT

As the rain kept falling, the water kept on rising.
In Johnson City, the potential for even minor flooding had Public Works crews busy.
"We've got a lot of crews out checking our catch basins out, making sure everything drains. We have several drainage ditches and creeks in Johnson City all the mouths of those and entrances and exits of those we're making sure all flow properly," says director of JC Public Works, Mike Sherba.
When the JC department of public works got to this site on Oakdale Road in Johnson City, the tunnel under this driveway was blocked with debris.
This ditch was completely filled with water and it had already started flooding the road.
It's up to village workers like Bob Mihok to clear out these problems.
Through a process called Jet Rodding, he cleaned out the tunnel with a tube to drain the water.
"They get full of sand and leaves and we suck them out and clean them so they flow good through the pipe and into the rivers," says Bob Mihok of JC Public Works.
The rivers and streams rose as the water flowed.
Wednesday morning, Choconut Creek in Johnson City ran high but not over its banks.
But the creek flows into the Susquehanna River.
And in Endicott, trees that sit on land were underwater.
The Broome County Department of Emergency services says that while rivers are higher, it did not expect any major flooding problems.
Broome County Emergency Services Director, Mike Aswad, says his department gets updates from the National Weather Service on flooding conditions.
The department is always prepared to respond if any major flooding should happen.

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