7-6-2006

The Deposit Courier put out this week's edition with a four page color insert with a lot of pictures of the flooding from last week.  I scanned some of them in and linked them to this map to put things into perspective.  Based on some of the photos I think my estimates that I posted yesterday were conservative but close in some respects.

Anyway, it's an image map, click the links for photos.

Stilesville - Skinny Conklin Stilesville - House and Trailer Laurel Bank Ave - Gifford and Gould Farms Delaware River Bridge - South Side Delaware River Bridge - North Side Delaware River Bridge - Main Street River Street Sewer Treatment Plant Lower Laurel Bank Ave Front Street - Village Offices Front Street - Theater Front Street - View from Country Store Main Street Second Street - Country Store Second and Monument Street and DCSI Methodist Church

7-5-2006

I'm fucking beat.  It was a long weekend cleaning out wet, sloppy crap from the basement at my mother's house after the flood last weekend.

By my measure she had about 16" of water in the basement that soaked into the hot water heater, furnace, water tank, lawn mower and 30+ years of various items that had been stored there.  It's now all on its way to a landfill somewhere with only a few exceptions.

Good news is that the hot water heater appears to be working and with a little cleaning to the cutoff switch on the water tank that's working fine.  Still have to have someone in to look at the furnace and just double-check the hot water tank.  Oh, and even though I took 80 gallons of water out of the one low spot in the basement, there's still more in there.  The rest, and majority, is on its way to drying out as long as the humidity breaks for a couple days.

So, how bad was the flooding in Deposit, NY?  The worst I've ever seen.  The water was well down by the time I was able to get into town but the mess was easy to see.  Half the town was hauling crap out of their houses and basements and stacking it on the curb.

Some houses on Main Street had somewhere around 7 feet of water in their basements.  Houses up the road from my mother's had it go right through the first floor, probably 4+ feet deep.  They were hauling drywall and insulation out of places, washing machines, hot water heaters...anything you can think of.

Houses in town that had just undergone thousands of dollars in renovations were all torn apart again.  It's a small town and the only grocery store had over 2 feet of water in it.  Quite a few businesses were flooded out and it'll be interesting to see if they come back.  The library, which is across the street from the grocery store, had 2 feet in it and is closed.  No motor vehicle offices because they flooded and most everything was destroyed.  DCSI, a large employer in town, was flooded but I haven't heard if their computers were destroyed.

Video rental store, deli, churches, fire department, all flooded. 

I took a few pictures for insurance and recovery purposes but when it came time to take photos of the town I couldn't do it.  Posting photos or taking them when you don't know the people involved is one thing but this was my town and I couldn't do it.

To give you an idea of what the flooding looked like I photochopped a couple maps from Google.

The large body of water you see on the right is the Cannonsville Reservoir, at least the beginning of it.  The west branch of the Delaware river flows out of it and through town before turning south towards Hancock.  The maps with the water overlay are estimated based on what I could see from the ground and the parts of town I could get into.  Until I see more photos that's about as best a guess as I can give you but that's a conservative view. 

The flood waters definitely extended further south along 17 and probably covered that entire valley between the river and the railroad tracks.  It also extended further west along the railroad tracks and covered parts of Fireman's Park.  Some of that flood water came down a creek from the west side of town.