“It jumped the bank over there and came in through the park and it was like a river here,” Farmland Owner David Mazzarese,” said.
He explains the moments Wyncoop Creek let loose and wreaked havoc on his farm.
“It was about waist deep I had to grab the pigs by the ears and kind of tow them through the water by their ears but it was either that or let the current swipe them away,” Mazzarese said.
Now, one week later, Mazzarese is surveying the damage and beginning the long road to recovery after one of the worst floods he’s ever seen.
“A lot of debris, and the fence and the pond were wiped out. We had two new paddle boats, we have one left that’s smashed up, the other one went down the creek. We lost seven goats and a few chickens,” Mazzarese said.
Although the damage is extensive throughout the park owners consider themselves blessed.
“I don’t have to worry about where I’m going to sleep or emergency to find housing for my family…those people down in the Carolinas…everybody lost everything and there’s nobody to help anybody because they all have to help themselves,” Mazzarese said.
Thankfully that’s not the case in Chemung. Farmland has organized volunteer clean up efforts for this Saturday at the park, aimed at clearing some of the debris brought in by those rushing waters.
“I think we’ll just put it in a pile and have a big bonfire and invite our customers to come back and burn it with us,” Mazzarese said.
That event already gaining hundreds of interested people on Facebook.
“If this had to happen it couldn’t of happened at a better time, it’s at the end of the year and I have all winter long to clean it up,” Mazzarese said.
Mazzarese expects the park to be back up and running by the spring.
There has also been a GoFundMe account set up to help raise money for Farmland Animal Park. For a link to the fundraising page, click here.