SPECIAL REPORT: Lodi residents still recovering one year after flash flooding
LODI, N.Y. (WENY) -- Last year, residents in Lodi didn't wake up to the sound of an alarm or the birds chirping. Instead, they awoke to water in their homes as excessive rainfall caused a nearby creek to overflow. One of the hardest places hit by flooding was the Sunset on Seneca Campsites.
"Some of the places were completely annihilated to the point where you couldn't tell they were a camper," said Sunset on Seneca owner, Will Shangraw. "Cars flipped over. Boats up trees. You could take one step and be on someones refrigerator, the next step you could be on a teddy bear."
One year later, the damage may be a little less, but the impact still lingers. With all the sediment and debris left in the creek bed after the flash flood, residents feel if it rains just a little bit, it'll flood again.
"Every time we see a rainfall of an inch and a half, you're biting your nails," said Lodi resident and flood victim, Frank Miller. "What they've done to the stream didn't make it better. It's definitely acting up."
The possibility of a reoccurring flood isn't the only thing on the minds of residents. Last year, New York State promised $13 million for recovery efforts in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes. But the funding only applies if it's your primary home, and you can only receive up to $50,000. The restrictions leave people with summer homes and businesses out of luck.
"They didn't include businesses or secondary homes in any grants," said Shangraw. "So everything that is included in a business or a secondary home, has required the individuals to use their own personal savings."
There are even some people, like Michael Mott, who live there full-time and haven't seen a nickel.
"There are people who have got some of the money," said Mott. "But it's a year later and we haven't got anything yet. We filed the process through Bishop Sheen and it's been a struggle to comply with the demands."
For the people of Lodi, they'll keep moving on the best they can and hold out hope for the future.
"I think the creek is a pressing issue," said Mott. "Hopefully we'll be able to get something done on that. The grant, I hope we get it. As we're sitting here talking to you, we haven't got a dime. I mean zero so far. So yeah, I hope that comes through."