State Senator James Seward and Assemblyman Gary Finch on Thursday were given a guided tour of flood-ravaged southeastern Cayuga County. The lawmakers were joined by highway superintendents from several local municipalities and Niel Rivenburgh from the County Emergency Management office.
Finch said at the meeting following the tour seeing the damage caused by the waves of storms this month on TV does not compare to viewing it up close and personal.
With debris from previous storms still clogging culverts and waterways and more wet weather in the extended forecast, Rivenburgh said they’re preparing by shipping sandbags and the state’s sandbag filling machine from northern Cayuga County, where they were no longer needed now that the water level in Lake Ontario is dropping.
Seward said the Cuomo administration needs to know how dire the situation is for residents, business owners and farmers in the area.
Town of Sempronius Highway Superintendent Bruce Nodine has lived in the area all of his life, and said he’s never seen anything this bad.
Nodine added he and his fellow superintendents are already preparing for what could be a difficult winter keeping roads in the region in good enough shape to be able to get plows on them when the snow falls.