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Heavy rains create massive flooding in the Finger Lakes


Clean-up is underway after heavy rains led to extreme flooding in the Finger Lakes.

The worst struck area appears to be the small town of Lodi in southern Seneca County. Troopers say five inches of rain fell there, washing out roads and homes, particularly along Seneca Lake.

Rescue crews saved more than 60 people who became stranded near Lodi Point after flooding left people stranded.

First responders are asking people to avoid the area as much and possible so crews can work. A shelter has been opened at the Ovid Federated Church at 7137 Main Street in Ovid.

There is no mandatory evacuation order for Lodi residents, but troopers are urging people to get to safe places. A curfew however has been put into effect starting at 7:30 p.m. until sunrise for areas near the lake in Lodi including Lodi Point and Lower Lake Road.

For one family in Lodi, their vacation went horribly awry.

“We saw about three feet of water outside our car started forming up and water started coming in the front door so we got everything to high ground… it was scary.”

The Namans were not expecting to be woken up like that, but neither were police or fire crews.

“We always had training to be prepared but I wasn’t expecting to be woken up at 5 o’clock this morning to come here and do this,” says…

Even experienced firefighters, who have lived in the area for decades, say they have never seen anything like this.

“I’ve lived here all of my life and this is the worst I have seen in this area,”……

Shelters are available at the following locations:

Broome County: 
Harpursville Baptist Church  
41 Cumber Rd. 
Schuyler County:
Watkins Glen Central High School
301 12th St.
Seneca County:
Ovid Federated Church
7137 Main St. 

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