Storm damage impacting emergency crews in Cayuga County town

TOWN OF SEMPRONIUS, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Over the past few weeks, severe flooding has impacted communities across Central New York, but for one town, the damage is slowing the time it takes for first responders to arrive at an emergency.

In Sempronius in Cayuga County, Mitchell Road is an important street to get in and out of the town, but recent flooding has made it undriveable, which is becoming a nuisance for fire chief Tyler Bloodgood.

“It seems like at least once or twice a week these storms are coming through. And it's just pummeling through. We just can't handle it. Nothing was ever made for this amount of water,” Bloodgood said. 

Bloodgood says it needs to stop raining so the roadways can get fixed.

These damaged roadways are creating detours that can run 10 to 15 minutes for emergency crews, which Bloodgood calls unacceptable.

With a cost to repair of $200,000, the road likely won't be fixed anytime soon.

The total damage from flooding has surpassed over $500,000 in the Town of Sempronius.

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