Cleaning Up Mother Nature's Muddy Mess

By Leigh Dana

April 27, 2011 Updated Apr 27, 2011 at 6:47 PM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Flash flooding in parts of the Twin Tiers last night, leaves homeowners cleaning up from the muddy mess.

With the possibility of more flash flooding Wednesday night, many homeowners today got a head start on the clean up.

Muddy roads and gravel line the street of Deyo Hill Road along the boarders of the Town of Dickinson and Union.

Crews scrap away the remnants of Tuesday night's flash flooding.

Al Kowalczik rakes up rocks from his now saturated lawn. "There was about a foot of water coming down the road for about 3 hours," he said.

That water left Kowalczik with this mess on his driveway. Part of the pavement crumbled.

Down the street on Stella Ireland Road in the Town of Union, workers are clearing debris from a small creek, so the water can flow easily into the gutter. "A lot of the problem is just a few sticks and some leaves, clogs up a pipe and the water's got no where to go," said Broome County Road Crew Supervisor, David Hamlan.

East Maine Road is now open to traffic, after it was closed Tuesday night. Gushing water and gravel spewed through the street, making it difficult for drivers to get by.

But after a day's worth of clean up, for many, it's only just the beginning since a similar storm expected for tonight.

"if it's not any worse as it was last night, I don't care, because I didn't get any in my cellar," said Kowalczik.

Broome County clean up crews recommend homeowners to remove any debris from pipes, storm drains and ditches. It will help reduce any more flooding that may occur tonight.