State of emergency remains in Moravia as storm cleanup begins

MORAVIA (WSYR-TV) - A state of emergency remains in effect for Moravia as clean up begins the day after heavy rain hit the region.  

"When you have an isolated storm that drops a large volume of rain in a short period of time in a specific geographic area, it becomes catastrophic very quickly." Niel Rivenburgh, Cayuga County's Deputy Director of Emergency Services said. 

Water flooded many backyards and parking lots in the town on Saturday. Rivenburgh said most of the damage for homeowners came in the form of flooded basements.

The Moravia Fire Department responded to about 100 calls over the weekend. That's an unprecedented amount for a department that typically averages three to five a day. Many of the calls were to pump basements. 

The goal now for the town and emergency responders is to bring a sense of normalcy back to the community. 

"Our community is strong and we'll put it back together," Jason Withers, the town's deputy fire chief said. 


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