Half of flea market underwater

By Jillian Marshall

June 29, 2013 Updated Jun 29, 2013 at 9:25 PM EDT

Conklin, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Jimay's Flea Market is closed on Saturdays, but vendors and workers were there salvaging what they could because half of the grounds are covered by flood waters.

Jimay's owner, Linda Burrows, says the water isn't from a river or creek, but rain runoff from a neighboring mountain. Burrows built a dam separating the flea market from a neighboring trailer park to avoid the runoff.

Burrows says the dam was breached around 4 a.m. Friday morning, leaving her with multiple feet of water rushing into 80 vendor spots and most of the parking lot.

Jody Foster, a 15-year employee at the flea market, said when it rains, the grounds usually collect some water and it is quickly pumped out.

Foster says this clean up will not be quick and easy.

He used two pumps to attempt to take the water off the property and says it will take about a week to go away.

The market will still be open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.