Cleanup continues in Richmond after Monday's rainfall

Created: 07/29/2014 6:02 PM WHEC.com
By: Rebecca Fath

People in areas hit hard by Monday’s rains cleaned up their homes and yards Tuesday. Crews also worked to fix washed out roadways.

The slow moving rain left its mark on many areas, especially places south of the city of Rochester. The area set an official record for rainfall. Some areas saw as much as five or six inches of rain in just the span of a few hours.

The rains raised creeks and lakes, washed out roads and flooded basements. Two of the hardest hit areas were Avon in Livingston County and the town of Richmond in Ontario County.

People who live in Richmond have been getting dirty, trying to salvage anything they can after the flood took almost everything they have.

Jamie Smith said, “It's awful because, literally, everything you had, everything you worked for, it is gone.”

Jamie Smith’s clothes, her electronics and her son’s toys destroyed.

Smith was home when four feet of water rose in her apartment. On Tuesday, she and many others in Richmond sorted through the mess.

Richmond Town Supervisor Ralph Angelo’s business is across the street from where Smith lives.

Angelo said, “It is the most water I've ever seen. I’ve been here a long time in town. It's the highest it has ever been, even when we had Hurricane Agnes, it wasn't this high.”

Six and a half inches of rain Angelo says buckled roads and caused what he estimates about $400,000 in damage.

On Tuesday, crews repaired four roads that were impassible.

Angelo said, “The highway crew is getting to people as quick as possible. People are going to have to have patience.  They’ll get to them but it's going to take a while.”

While Smith says, she'll stay strong for her son.

Smith said, “It is not something that's the end of the world. I'm not the first person who has gone through it and I'm sure I won't be the last.”

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