Town of Maine Suffers Most Severe Flood Damage

By WBNG News

October 1, 2010 Updated Oct 1, 2010 at 8:04 PM EDT

Town of Maine, NY (WBNG Binghamton) - In Broome County, the Town of Maine seems to be the hardest hit by yesterday's storms.

Action News reporter Natalie Jenereski visited the scene today to get a first hand look at the damage.

"Basically I've got 25 foot across and about 6 foot deep we have no road left," said Chuck Kaczymski, Highway Superintendent of the Town of Maine.

It happened around 5 o'clock Thursday evening on Tiona Road.

Tree branches and other debris rushed down this small creek, blocking and splitting this culvert in half.

This unstable overhead is what's left.

"Best case scenario I'm hoping to have it reopened within a week," said Kaczymski.

"The little Town of Maine, we don't have money set aside for a natural disaster like this, but if FEMA declared this an emergency we could get some help," said George Ludington, Town of Maine Supervisor.

Over the next few days, crews will be out assessing flood damage to see if any financial aid is warranted.

Emergency Services Director Brett Chellis says the county probably won't qualify.

"This isn't even a blip on the radar compared to 2006. We were very fortunate here. At times we were concerned. This front moved across last evening and then it stalled where the western line goes up through Central New York, and it just sat and sat for hours, and we were getting very concerned," said Brett Chellis, Director of Emergency Services for Broome County.

One bright spot was the City of Binghamton, which stayed high and dry.

"We did have some pooling, some pretty big pooling in certain areas on the streets, but nothing major. We had traditional underpasses that get flooded during heavy rain storms, and we had some very heavy periods last night," said Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan.

While no injuries were reported in association with the floods, crews rescued multiple people who tried to drive their cars through flooded roadways.

The worst may be over, but crews are still watching some areas closely.

The Tioghnioga River is predicted to crest at the same level as in the 2006 floods.

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