Floods Close Roads and Drown Basements

By Brennan Smith

April 27, 2011 Updated Apr 27, 2011 at 1:04 AM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Rain continues to drench the Southern Tier.

Running down Reynolds Road, it headed for the valley.

Drivers fought the rushing current, but it was so bad they had to be diverted.

"It's horrific. All of the roads are flooded from Harry L. Drive all the way to Endwell and back. It's just crazy out there," said Chris Hatch from Whitney Point.

Meanwhile, as water ran down roadways it made its way into basements.

Vestal resident David Tress has been running a pump to keep his basement dry all week.

Two hours after Tuesday night's storms started, this is what he was greeted with.

"I've actually gone so far this year, because of flooding, I've been out of heat and hot water for a few days," said Tress.

Other Vestal Residents lost more than just their utilities.

"It's an actual finished basement and that's my smoking lounge and my wine room and everything else and I don't know what we're going to do now," said Vincent Coiro from Vestal.

His basement filled with three feet of sewer water.

"The rain started coming down, rushing down the mountain into these smaller pipes and next thing you know, the water is coming up through the toilets," said Coiro.

He says the last time this happened to him was in 2006.

He bought a pump he planned on using in a pond in his back yard.

Now it's hard at work removing water from his basement.

"We're going to try and get ahold of the city to pump the rest out because, you know, it's not over. I'm sitting up here relaxed, but there's nothing I can do. That's the only reason," said Coiro.