Ashland residents concerned over bridge underpass debris blockage

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Tree limbs and branches are stuck in the underpass of the Route 427 bridge that goes over Seeley Creek in the Town of Ashland.

A viewer messaged 18 News about the blockage. The viewer said he was concerned that more debris caused by forecasted rains could block the underpass, increasing the chances of flooding.

18 News went to the scene to see the amount of debris currently there. Neighbors in the area say their properties were flooded roughly three times in the past month.

They add Chemung County is responsible for cleaning up any blockages along the creek.

The Chemung County Soil and Water Conservation District is responsible for clearing any debris along waterways.

Mark Watts, the district manager said his office is trying to get every clogged waterway opened up again.

“I feel sorry for the frustration you’re feeling from the flooding issues,” Watts said. “I think we’re a very proactive county. We’ve tried to do all we can to keep our residents safe, but it’s just mother nature that beats us up every once in a while.”

Watts was on his way to meet a resident whose property was damaged from flood waters.

He’s not sure when his office will be clearing out this creek. His office has other water ways to clear out as well.

Anyone living along any creek in Chemung County who needs assistance from creek related flooding can call the Soil and Water Conservation District at (607) 739-2009.

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