HERKIMER — A heavy rainfall caused headaches for village residents and officials Monday afternoon, and left several flooded streets.
Herkimer police said two cars had to be pulled out of standing water near the corner of North Bellinger and West Albany streets because of the rain that accumulated during the afternoon. An unidentified person walked through the knee high water near where one of the cars was submerged.
Herkimer police posted on their Facebook page the following message: “We are experiencing flooding throughout the village. Avoid traveling through standing or moving water. Vehicles are becoming disabled and causing additional problems. Do not drive around cones or emergency vehicles. They are in place for your safety.”
Herkimer Acting Deputy Fire Chief Rick Macri had a similar message.
“We emphasize it all the time, but people still insist to drive through water. It causes the vehicle to stall,” he said during a telephone interview Monday afternoon. “Don’t drown. Turn around.”
Macri said the rainfall caused some backup in areas, including near where the cars stalled on the 100 block on North Bellinger Street.
“It was a good two feet up on the vehicles, so we assisted people out of the vehicle to dry land,” he said.
Macri also said some residents did have water in their basements, but said it’s possible that was a residual effect from the flooding that occurred in June.
Flooding also occurred in front of Herb Philipson’s Army and Navy Store on West Albany Street, by Advance Auto Parts on North Bellinger Street and parts of Mohawk Street, Maple Grove, Park Avenue, Prospect Street, Second Avenue, Smith Street and Steuben Street.
“It’s the typical flooding,” said Herkimer Department of Public Works Superintendent Peter Macri during a telephone interview Monday afternoon. “Plus, we got some pipe issues.”
He said a main line on the south side of the town, near Marginal Road, was causing some of the pipe problems. He said, however, he expected the roads closed to reopen by Monday evening as long as the rains held off for the rest of the day.
Special weather statements, tornado watches and warnings issued by the National Weather Service for parts of Herkimer County throughout the day were eventually cancelled. A wind advisory was in effect until 8 p.m. Monday, with gusts up to 50 mph possible.
The weather, however, did cause after-school cancellations, including Central Valley, Frankfort-Schuyler and Little Falls. The Jarvis Middle School open house still took place.