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The Times
  • Flooding ravages region: ‘Mother Nature can be a mean one’

  • It’s not the in-ground pool filled with mud.



    It’s not the garage and cars that now are across the street.



    What upsets Herkimer resident Lisa Nehl the most is the more than 25 years of toiling in her garden and flower beds that have been washed away.

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  • It’s not the in-ground pool filled with mud.
    It’s not the garage and cars that now are across the street.
    What upsets Herkimer resident Lisa Nehl the most is the more than 25 years of toiling in her garden and flower beds that have been washed away.
    “It’ll never be like it was, but what can you do?” Nehl asked as she looked out at her backyard at 620 W. German St. “I have a 12-foot sinkhole where my driveway used to be.”
    Portions of the Mohawk Valley were decimated Thursday night and early Friday with rain, the heaviest being dumped from 1 to 6 a.m., WUTR Chief Meteorologist Jeff Matthews said.
    From Little Falls to Whitesboro, areas sustained flooded homes, businesses and roadways. Among other issues:
    •Road closures throughout the area.
    •Malfunctioning lights in Herkimer County.
    •Mud and debris-filled parking lots.
    •Commuters struggling to find alternate routes to work.
    •The American Red Cross set up a shelter at Mohawk Valley Community College for people displaced by the flooding.
    •Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a disaster declaration for 15 counties, including Oneida, Madison and Herkimer.
    Rain totals varied from across the region.
    National Weather Service out of Binghamton reported that 3.51 inches of rain fell in Ilion. In New Hartford, 3.05 inches of rain fell.
    “We were an island,” Nehl said, gesturing around her home. “This house was an island in the middle of a raging river.”
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