Cleanup after ice jam in Campbell

CAMPBELL, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - Parts of Steuben County were put under mandatory evacuation Friday afternoon due to flooding from the Cohocton River.

Residents in Campbell were ordered to evacuate as water was reaching their homes.  

"It was really high, the ice was almost on the bottom of the bridge," said Lucy Smith.  "I was surprised it went out so fast so it got down so low it's quick as it did.  Of course the cold weather helped a lot and the snow this morning, it was terrific, deep."

Campbell was under a state of emergency for a little over two hours.

Crews inspected every home for flood damage and possible gas leaks before it was deemed safe for residents to return back home.

The American Legion Ball Field was surrounded by ice.

"That had a lot of damage, there's still ice there and limbs and stuff so we looked at it but nothings been done to start to clean that up," said Post 1279 Commander Marjorie Wilson. 

Wilson spent Saturday morning cleaning up the aftermath of the flood as almost a foot of water reached the basement of Campbell American Legion Post 1279.

"I was surprised we had that much water in the basement, I expected we would only have an inch or so," said Wilson.

There was enough water for a fish to swim in the basement.  A volunteer found it while cleaning and returned the fish to it's natural habitat in the Cohocton River.


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