WESTFIELD, N.Y. (WIVB) – It’s day one of drying out and cleaning up in Westfield. The Haman familiy lives next to a creek. It rose up above its banks and spilled over onto their property. It completely destroyed their shed and the antique collection they had inside. The water was about 2-feet high and it seeped into to car in their driveway. Construction crews have been out in full force all day starting to clean up the mess. Many families had their basements flooded and property destroyed.
The Haman family says this was quite a surprise, they’ve never seen flooding damage here this bad, and they weren’t necessarily prepared for something like this.
Diana Haman said, “It happened a couple of years ago where the creek over flowed and it only went part way into the yard. Nothing like this. I was up at four in the morning and saw lights and didn’t think anything of it. Then at 7, the entire side yard was flooded. We didn’t realize the extent of it until about 10:30 or 11 o’clock. The creek, which is right next to us overflowed it was coming down with such force that it basically spread mud over the entire side yard, flooded our shed which is 100-feet long, and about 2 and a half feet of water went through it. It deposited mud on everything.”
They are now letting their property dry out and they are looking into flood insurance so if this creek rises again they will be prepared.
Crews and homeowners were out early Wednesday morning surveying the damage left behind by rushing waters.For local business owners like area vineyards, they have to wait to dry out before they can think about cleaning up this mess
Grape Grower Dave Mobilia showed News 4 what he found when he got to his property Tuesday morning. He said, “A mess. Just flooding everywhere . Debris in the road, bridges washed out, all kinds of erosion all over the farm.”
The water from the creek rose so high, it rushed over the top of the vines. Despite major damage to his property he said the real tragedy is his neighbors, several of them evacuated, their basements flooded. He said, “This is dirt, when peoples homes get hurt, it’s a lot worse.” Yet, Mobilia said he has thousands of dollars in construction costs ahead of him.
The American Red Cross continues to help those affected by Tuesday’s severe weather and flooding. Volunteers will be distributing clean up kits, including mops, buckets, bleach, rubber gloves and more materials residents will need as they return to their homes Thursday, July 16 from 11a-2pm and again between 5pm-7pm at Westfield Central School, 203 East Main Street, Westfield.