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$300 Thousand in Damage on Coon Hollow Rd.
TOWN OF ORANGE (WENY) -- Flash flooding about two weeks ago completely destroyed Coon Hollow road in the town of Beaver Dams and Orange.
The road has been closed for about two weeks after rain and water from Beaver Pond rushed in.
Schuyler County is estimating the damage at $300,000.The pond is on state property- however town leaders in Orange haven't gotten final word from the Department of Environmental Conservation about whether or not they'll be paying for the damage.
Blaine Gerow has lived on Coon Hollow Road for about 18 years.He says poor drainage is always a problem.
"The ditches along the road don't go to the water ways and the states responsible for the beaver pond," said Gerow.
That's perhaps the biggest sticking point. Town of Orange Highway Superintendent, Jeff Sutton says State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano was in town on Saturday assessing the damage.
"The only way the road is going to be back open is if the town goes in to debt and borrows the money to repair if I guess," said Sutton.
But in the meantime, neighbors have some major concerns.
"Fire trucks can't come through, ambulances can't come through, school buses can't come through," said Gerow. "So, I just want to see if fixed. Two weeks is long enough."
Just down the road from Gerow's home, frustrations are running high. Southern Tier Auto Recycling owner, Jim Clark says road closures are hindering business.
"It's a bit of a pain because our customers aren't informed until they get to the detour that they have to go another ten miles around," said Clark. "Next thing you know people are going to call another business knowing that it's a disaster here."
In the past, inmates from Monterey shock typically helped clear pipes and ditches. Now that the Shock Camp is closed, the town of Orange isn't getting that help.
Meantime, the Highway Superintendent says he's meting with State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano to further assess the damage.