Thursday Flooding: Chenango County

By Bryan Mercer
By Jim Rotundo
By Alice Maggiore

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September 8, 2011 Updated Nov 25, 2013 at 7:39 AM EDT

Oxford, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Water is up to the MeadWestvaco Plant is Sidney, as waters rise in all of Chenango County.

Crews are attempting to build a dam around Amphenol Aerospace building in Sidney to keep the water from getting in.

Our Action News reporter in Chenango County was also told people in Walton were told to get out.

Crews are also sandbagging around the Oxford Middle School.

Portions of Sherburne are being evacuated at this time.

As for the rest of the county, emergency officials are playing a waiting game.

They tell Action News the river at Sherburne was expected to crest at 8 a.m. Thursday, but that didn't happen.

As of 10 a.m., the river had already risen to 11.7 feet -- that's higher than it was during the flood of 2006.

Chenango County Fire Coorindator, Matthew Beckwith says he's not sure when the crest will happen -- until then, and after, it's all hands on deck.

North Main Street and West State Street in Sherburne were being evacuated as of 10 a.m. .

From there, emergency crews will move onto Norwich, Oxford and Greene as those crests are expected shortly after Sherburne's.

The county is using the NY-Alert system to keep neighbors informed.

"All roads in Chenango County are closed. Right now we have 120 roads underwater, or damaged. A lot of places we can't tell if they're damaged because we can't get to them until the water recedes, we can tell whether they're passable," says Beckwith. "There's a State of Emergency, roads are closed, we will make another determination once the water goes down,so we can decide when to safely access the roads."

Beckwith says last week's Tropical Storm Irene brought downed trees -- not a lot of road washouts.

However, parts of Greene, Coventry and Bainbridge are still coping with the aftermath of heavy rains that fell this June.

Beckwith says cost the county about $11 million in damage.