Families in Chenango Co. Rescued By Boat

By Leigh Dana

April 28, 2011 Updated Apr 28, 2011 at 7:36 PM EDT

Norwich, NY (WBNG Binghamton) In Chenango County, flooding was so severe several people were rescued from their homes by boat and taken to nearby shelters.

A car completely submerged in water. And a practically collapsed barn in McDonough. You couldn't tell there was a basketball court at Oxford Middle School.

Another day of heavy rain and already saturated ground caused major flooding across Chenango County. By 8 o'clock Thursday morning, the Canasawacta Creek in Norwich was as high as the bridge.

It rose more than 11 feet in one hour. Not long after, it spilled over onto Route 12. "It came up really fast," said Norwich Mayor Joseph Maiurano (R). "All the sudden the creek came up in 2 seconds about 6 feet."

A viewer sent us pictures of several families on Prentice Street being rescued by air boats. A car down the road is also under water. The driver had to rescued by the mayor.

"The car was just floating," said Maiurano. "And then it stopped. And I said Mary, stay in the car. I will get you out of there."

By 11:00 AM -- water completely a near by park. Nearly 2 feet of water pumps out of people's basements along Hayward Avenue.

"What do you think about all this?" "We're used to it," said Ed Singleton of Norwich" "Used to it? Your basement is flooded." "It's happened a number of times."

A number of times too many for crews cleaning up from another flood. The good news is -- this time -- the city says it wasn't as bad as the flood of 2006.

Canasawacta creek crested at 34 feet this afternoon.
Chenango County Emergency Services says Red Mill Bridge over the creek was in danger of a washout this afternoon....
The road was closed for safety, but the bridge was still standing this afternoon.