AVON – The Van Son family, whose backyard was undermined by Mother’s Day flash flood waters and slid nearly five feet towards the Conesus Lake outlet, has been helped by an outpouring of donations and labor not only by neighbors but members of the larger Western New York region.
Ted Van Son Jr. said that the property whihc is home to himself, his dad Ted and his mom Edna has been completely changed since a fissure opened in the yard ten days ago due to dirt and stone reinforcements downhill by volunteer workers and two trucks donated by Senator Patrick Gallivan.
“We need big rocks at the base of the slope, and Senator Gallivan’s office donated two big dump trucks,” said Van Son. “We sold 22 trees to Dan Nusbickel, a logger from Filmore, NY, and he’s donating his time a percentage of the trees.”
Van Son added that the Town of Avon has said that part of their long-term plan is to fix the drainage gradient for the area and perhaps install better drainage devices, and he is willing to let them do whatever they need to get the job done as soon as possible.
“As long as they fix it, I’m OK with it,” said Van Son. “It will help the neighbors too.”
Though Van Son thanks many of his neighbors for pitching in and helping, and said he is glad he reached out to folks through every means he had since no one is sure what the financial impact of the damage will be.
“We don’t know what the cost to us will be, we could end up having to build a retainer wall,” said Van Son. “We’re dependent on the help of others at this point, because we don’t have that kind of money.”
Van Son thanked Valley Sand and Gravel as well as Ricellis Trucking, who have a Rochester headquarters, for donating their time and resources to the project, as well as Senator Gallivan’s office and many friends and neighbors for their help.
“I’m hoping that this will make more people realize that you have to ask for help in these situations,” added Van Son. “This would be a much different situation if I hadn’t reached out to neighbors on all avenues.”
PHOTO CAPTION: (Photos/Ted Van Son)
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