With flooding, area residents experience frustration while others find fun
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Steady and heavy rain on Saturday turned local streets and yards into rivers and ponds.
The Rochester Airport broke its daily precipitation total for Saturday with just over 3 inches of rain, and we are now sitting as the 5th wettest July on record.
In Batavia, Genesee County, they saw rain totals near 4 inches, and it left one resident with water coming through her electrical sockets.
"Yesterday morning, I woke up. And at 6 am ,I went downstairs to my basement, and there was over a foot of water. It was coming in through the walls, and the electrical outlets which I never, ever seen before. It was coming in through the cement, in the floor. So, I had water literally gushing in from everywhere," said Amy Devos.
Amy said that her basement does not have a sump pump, and she had to resort to buckets to bail the water out of the basement.
She added, "A lot of buckets, a lot of up and down the stairs with the buckets. Taking the buckets to the streets. We have a small pool pump, from Home Dept, that has been pumping the water from our driveway and into the street because the water next to the house is coming out of the electrical outlets."
Christina Hellaby of Chili says her family had minor flooding in their basement, but they tried to make the best out of a rainy situation.
"We have had some flooding in our laundry room, but other than that we have been pretty dry," Christina said.
"Someone actually made a joke comment on Facebook and was like, ‘You should pull out the tubes,’ and I was like, ‘That is such a good idea.’ So, I put in an online order at Target, picked up a bunch of tubes, and we floated in the flood."
For Christina, it was a chance to make the best of the soggy situation.