The flooding cleanup begins for homeowners in Ontario County

Updated: 07/28/2014 11:13 PM
Created: 07/28/2014 10:30 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams

Monday's heavy downpours created a lot of issues for many homeowners in our area.

In May, our area was hit by devastating floods. Now, two months later, we are dealing with it again.   

Makeline Amico said, “I’m from Florida, so I have never experienced anything like this.”

The water receded in the apartment that the Richmond transplant shares with her husband and three children.  Amico helped others clean up downstairs, but this morning, when the floods kept rising, she panicked.

Amico said, “I called my husband, ' You need to get over here right now because we got to get the kids out of here.' It kept going higher and higher. I have a little baby so I was like, ‘we need to get out.’”

The flooding seemed to impact primarily areas nearest the creek. A road caved in from the pressure, the waters flooded homes and some people have been forced to leave. This is the fifth flood John Crisman has lived through.

John Crisman said, “This is the worst I've ever seen it. We have never had this much mud, water in the building."

Crisman just got his building permit to construct a new building. He made the decision after the May flood.

Crisman said, "It certainly is a back breaker. We have made plans, so we don't ever have to deal with this again. Certainly didn't expect this kind of rain and problems in July."

It has been a tough day for people like Daniel Filbert and Trisha Smith. They have a two-year-old and five-year-old. They just moved in Sunday.

Daniel Gilbert said, "I didn't think this morning I was going to lose half of what I own."

The Red Cross is helping the flood victims with food and housing on an individual basis. An emergency shelter that opened Monday morning, closed around 4:00 p.m. because there didn’t appear to be a need to keep it open.

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