The southern parts of Seneca County are still recovering – as state agencies take the lead on those recovery efforts in Interlaken, Lodi, and Covert.
Last Tuesday, these areas were crushed by destructive flooding, which was historic. The National Weather Service reported that upwards of 9 inches of rain fell in just 24 hours, most of which came down in a span of just three or four hours.
Some photos from Sheldrake Point after last week's flooding from a reader. More to come here. pic.twitter.com/YuTfN5j5vH
— Josh Durso (@FLXJosh) August 21, 2018
Multiple agencies and organizations in South Seneca and Schuyler County are accepting donations, or are aiding with cleanup. “It will take months, if not years for this community – particularly Lodi Point – to get ‘back to normal’, but they’re all working hard to get back on their feet,” explained one recovery worker, helping out in Lodi Point.
As many as 40 homes were damaged or destroyed, and overall cost of the destruction is expected to be in the millions.
As of Tuesday morning, Homeland Security was at Lodi Point turning away media from the area being recovered.
FOREST SERVICE CLOSES CAYWOOD POINT ACESS ROAD & FOSSENVUE TRAIL
RUTLAND, VT. (August 20, 2018) – Finger Lakes National Forest (FLNF) officials announced today that due to the heavy rainfall received on Tuesday, August 14th Forest Service Road H38, and the Fossenvue Trail both located off of State Rte 414 at Caywood Point are closed to both vehicle and foot travel.
The road and the trail, provide direct access to Seneca Lake; however both received significant damage from the storm causing them to be washed out. The trail has been eroded to such an extent that it is down to bedrock in many locations. In their current state, neither are safe for either vehicle or foot travel and are currently closed to at this time.
Access is still permitted to the Caywood Point via Seneca Lake.
In the coming weeks, FLNF personnel will be completing a damage assessment of this area, however it is not anticipated that the road or trail will reopen in the near future.
If you have any questions, please contact Jodie L. Vanselow, District Ranger at (607) 546-4470 ext 3314 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, with a mission of sustaining the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. Recreational activities on the country’s national forests contribute $14.5 billion annually to the U.S. economy. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. The Forest Service’s Eastern Region includes twenty states in the Midwest and East, stretching from Maine, to Maryland, to Missouri, to Minnesota. There are 17 national forests and one national tallgrass prairie in the Eastern Region.
Here’s the latest from social media, as Lodi and the surrounding areas continue to recover from last week’s historic, destructive flooding:
NYS Canal crews removing debris from homes around #SenecaLake too difficult to reach by land. The area was recently hit with flooding, where homes can only be accessed by narrow roads. Our recovery efforts will continue until the job is done! pic.twitter.com/7FT6D3bLHw
— NYSCanalCorporation (@NYSCanalCorp) August 20, 2018
A week later, reminders pop up while driving in these parts of the #FingerLakes This bridge is over Lively Run Creek on RT. 141 (Powell Road) just before Rt. 89, near Lucas Vineyards. @wxbywilliams @WayneStormWatch pic.twitter.com/xmxBxDgUWy
— Scott Hamula (@shamula) August 21, 2018
Community steps up after destructive floods in Seneca County https://t.co/24pJr7yRt1
— Margaret Stuhlreyer (@LakeCayuga) August 18, 2018
— Josh Durso (@FLXJosh) August 21, 2018
— 14850 Today (@14850today) August 19, 2018
— NYS DOCCS (@NYSDOCCS) August 19, 2018
Branches is less than a 1 mile away from the destruction of the Lodi flood. Due to Branches located on high ground and the grace of God, we have been spared. Our property has no damage. Many thanks to above. We are truly blessed.https://t.co/JNTACrYIhu
— Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Centers, Inc. (@Branchescenters) August 19, 2018
Flood relief for Lodi/watkins glen https://t.co/3KVIei1WwQ
— Sam DeGennaro (@SamDeGennaro) August 20, 2018
Flood Destroyed 3 Family Homes https://t.co/rBSRUUVxyG
Many folks are suffering after the floods in Lodi, NY last week. Help if you can ❤️
— ka08 (@KAV908) August 19, 2018
Current FEMA per capita thresholds for a disaster declaration are:
$1.46 statewide and $3.68 countywide.
That means the total ELIGIBLE disaster costs for the Seneca County and other NY floods need to exceed $28.9 Million to qualify.@FLXJosh
— Dave Bujak (@dave_bujak) August 20, 2018
Tips for Schuyler and Seneca County residents impacted by flood damage to avoid scams when hiring… https://t.co/lwHG7A3iQr
— Steven Getman (@stevengetman) August 20, 2018