AVON – Local residents are proving their resilience and community strength as the second day of disaster conditions persist in the Town and Village.
On Monday night and Tuesday morning, another round of torrential rain continued to flood Avon for the second day since Sunday, but residents are bouncing back just as strong as on Monday and last year’s 100-year flood.
“I was visiting friends out of town when I heard about the rain, and I immediately thought of the school,” said Dr. Gerald Benjamin, principal at St. Agnes. “By the time I got here, parents, teachers, the whole community was coming together to help at the school, with mops and squeegee boards, cleaning water out of the classrooms and dining room. It was a perfect illustration of of the community coming together for a school of which they’re very proud.”
‘Dr. Ben’ added that at one point on Sunday there were 3 feet of water in the school’s boiler room, and firefighters pumped it out. The school has suffered little damage, and Dr. Ben said he is feeling at peace now that everything seems to be falling into place. Fifth and sixth grade classes will be held at the Episcopal Church next door, likely for the remainder of the school year. The cafeteria was flooded, so lunch will be either outside or in the classrooms.
Some local residents are showing incredible courage when faced with the loss of their family homes. The backyard at the Van Son home of 25 years on Littleville Road is still precariously sliding into the Conesus outlet, exposing the foundation of the house, but the Van Sons maintain a steadfast attitude and are prepared to do whatever it takes to stay afloat.
As of 12:47 a.m. Tuesday, the Van Sons say that a second crack in the lawn is expanding, and the first part of the yard that slid away has dropped even further down.
“It’s becoming a bit more of a scary situation here,” said Ted Van Son Jr. “We have a friend that has stone and dirt but we have no dump trucks. A plan is in the works by me to publicly ask for help from local people with large enough trucks to haul gravel and dirt to volunteer and help.”
Many home and business owners have suffered terribly at the hands of this flood.
“I don’t know if I’m going to be able to get these carpets cleaned or not. Some of these are really expensive,” Brian Caron, Manager at the Trading Post in Avon, told news partner 13WHAM. Caron estimated that he lost about $3,000 worth of supplies.
As reported by news partner 13WHAM, Fire crews from throughout Livingston County and surrounding counties are working to clear flooded homes and roads, including Rte. 390 South, which filled with water. Livingston County Emergency Management Director Kevin Niedermeier says the last thing the town needs is more rain.
“We need to get the water out of here, moved, and it’ll take not just hours but days and weeks sometimes,” Livingston County Director of Emergency Management Kevin Niedermeier told 13WHAM.
PHOTO CAPTION: (Photo/Josh Williams)
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