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The Telegram
  • Herkimer hardest hit by Monday's rain

  • Many in Herkimer County were counting their blessings Tuesday morning after a second round of heavy rain did not result in a second round of heavy flooding.

    The exception, however, was Herkimer.

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  • Many in Herkimer County were counting their blessings Tuesday morning after a second round of heavy rain did not result in a second round of heavy flooding.
    The exception, however, was in Herkimer, where state Department of Transportation crews had just finished cleaning out some areas, only to have them flooded with water and debris again.
    The threat of additional flooding forced the village's 24-hour Walmart to close overnight, when it seemed possible that the levee behind the store might break.
    Store Manager John Emery said the closure was "just protocol," and that the levee held and the store never sustained any damage. But it did remain closed from about 9:45 p.m. Monday until 9 a.m. today.
    Another hard-hit area was around Ronald Street, where one DOT crew member said the damage appeared worse than it had after last week's flooding.
    In other Herkimer County municipalities, however, it was a different story.
    Frankfort
    The Frankfort Fire Department began evacuating some residents at about 8 p.m. Monday as a precaution.
    "We evacuated Streamside Manor, the apartments on Litchfield Street, and we evacuated West Main Street when the bridge started flooding – or we attempted to … they didn’t want to leave," Ciccone said.
    Officials later determined it was safe for residents to return home shortly before midnight.
    "We actually made out pretty good; we had some minor flooding but nothing too serious," Ciccone said.
    Mohawk
    Deputy Chief Jeff Sitterly of the Mohawk Fire Department said additional damage there was limited to a few downed trees and one road that was closed due to flooding. He believed that portion of Route 51, near Spinnerville Gulf Road, had reopened as of this morning.
    Ilion
    In Ilion, Deputy Fire Chief Dan Trevor said the additional damage was limited to some minor basement flooding near Steele Creek -- "nothing like the first event."
    "Unfortunately," he added, "the same residents that took on flooding in the previous event have flooded cellars."
    Crews were working on pumping them out as of Tuesday morning, and anyone who needs assistance should call the Fire Department for help, he said.
    The Otsego Street bridge also was reclosed due to flooding and debis, and will remain closed pending inspection by the state, he said.
    Little Falls
    At one point Monday night, Little Falls was expected to see major flooding -- with the river rising three feet above flood level.
    But Fire Chief Robert Parese says the city never saw the rain -- or the flooding -- it expected.
    "It stayed to the west of us," Parese said. "It was right next to us but we ended up not really getting any significant rain. We did expect the river to come up a little bit, but it didn’t quite reach the level it was at on Friday."
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