Sherburne cleans up after flash flooding

By Kelly McCarthy

Sherburne cleans up after flash flooding

July 2, 2013 Updated Jul 2, 2013 at 11:28 PM EDT

Sherburne, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Just days after being flooded, the village of Sherburne was filled with flood water yet again Monday night.

More than two feet of water ran through the village's main streets. The waters have receded since then, leaving Tuesday for residents to start the clean-up.

It's the second time in less than a week that residents there have been forced to deal with the deluge.

For the past week, Chenango County has been among the biggest recipients in the Southern Tier and central New York for daily heavy rains. And Sherburne's seen the worst of it.

"We got hit with about four or five inches of rain at one time," said Sherburne Mayor Bill Acee. "And it was worse because the ground was saturated."

Emergency operations were quickly established at the Sherburne Fire Department, where residents could receive supplies or even a place to sleep.

"If we receive one inch within the next three hours we will be back to the flood stages we were last night," said Matt Beckwith, Chenango County Emergency Management. "Right now we're predicting that rainfall amounts could approach one inch an hour."

Volunteers from the Red Cross arrived Tuesday afternoon with emergency and cleaning supplies.

They also brought along mental health workers to help residents through the clean-up.

"Anytime something like this happens," said Shelley Beirwiler, American Red Cross, Southern Tier Chapter. "Whether it's expected or not, can be very traumatic, so we have wonderful mental health people that are out there and ready to assist if we need to help out."

They came with 20 cases of water, 20 boxes of meals and 15 buckets of what they call clean-up kits, which include mops, brooms, bleach and other items to be given to homeowners with flood damage.

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